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o·ri·en·tal

 (ôr′ē-ĕn′tl)
adj.
1. often Oriental Of or relating to the countries of the Orient or their peoples or cultures; eastern.
2. Oriental Biology Of or designating the biogeographic region that includes South Asia south of the Himalaya Mountains and Southeast Asia from southern China to Borneo.
3. Of or relating to the Oriental Orthodox Church.
4. Lustrous and valuable: oriental pearls.
5.
a. Of or relating to a genuine or superior gem: an oriental ruby.
b. Relating to or designating corundum that resembles another stone in color.
n. often Oriental
1. Often Offensive An Asian, especially a South Asian, Southeast Asian, or East Asian.
2. A domestic cat of a breed developed in Britain from the Siamese and other breeds, having a long slender body and either a long or short coat in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

o′ri·en′tal·ly adv.
Usage Note: Oriental is now considered outdated and often offensive in American English when referring to a person of Asian birth or descent. While this term is rarely intended as an outright slur, and may even be thought polite by some speakers, it is so associated with stereotypical images of Asians as portrayed in the West during an earlier era that its use in ethnic contexts should be routinely avoided. However, Oriental retains a certain currency in referring to Asian arts, foods, and practices, such as traditional medical procedures and remedies, where it is unlikely to give offense.

oriental

(ˌɔːrɪˈɛntəl)
adj
another word for eastern Compare occidental

Oriental

(ˌɔːrɪˈɛntəl)
adj
1. (Placename) (sometimes not capital) of or relating to the Orient
2. (Biology) of or denoting a zoogeographical region consisting of southeastern Asia from India to Borneo, Java, and the Philippines
n
3. (Breeds) a breed of slender muscular cat with large ears, long legs, and a long tail
4. (Placename) (sometimes not capital) an inhabitant, esp a native, of the Orient

o•ri•en•tal

(ˌɔr iˈɛn tl, ˌoʊr-)

adj.
1. (usu. cap.) Sometimes Offensive. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Orient, or East; Eastern.
2. eastern.
3. (cap.) belonging to a zoogeographical division comprising S Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as and including the Philippines, Borneo, and Java.
4.
a. (usu. cap.) designating a variety of corundum resembling the color of the specified gemstone, crystal, or mineral: Oriental amethyst.
b. of very fine quality: oriental garnet.
n.
5. (usu. cap.) Sometimes Offensive. a native or inhabitant of the Orient.
o`ri•en′tal•ly, adv.
usage: See Asian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oriental - a member of an Oriental raceOriental - a member of an Oriental race; the term is regarded as offensive by Asians (especially by Asian Americans)
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
yellow man - offensive term for an Asian man
yellow woman - offensive term for an Asian woman
slant-eye, gook - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
Evenki, Ewenki - a member of the people inhabiting an area of northern Mongolia and eastern Siberia
Mongol, Mongolian - a member of the nomadic peoples of Mongolia
Adj.1.oriental - denoting or characteristic of countries of Asia; "oriental civilization"
eastern - relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world; "Eastern Europe"; "the Eastern religions"
Translations
شَخْص شَرْقيشَرْقيشَرْقِيٌّ
orientální
asiaterorientalerorientalsk
itämainenorientaalinenitämaalainen
istočnjački
Austurlanda-; austrænnausturlenskur
東洋の
동양의
orientálec
vzhodnjaški
orientalisk
ซึ่งเกี่ยวกับประเทศในเอเชียตะวันออก
DoğuluDoğuya aitoryantal
thuộc phương Đông

oriental

[ˌɔːrɪˈentəl]
A. ADJoriental, de Oriente
B. N Oriental (o.f.) → oriental mf

oriental

[ˌɔːriˈɛntəl]
adjoriental(e)
nOriental(e) m/f

oriental

adjorientalisch; languages alsoöstlich; (Univ) → orientalistisch; oriental rugOrientteppich m; oriental studies plOrientalistik f
n (= person) OrientalOrientale m, → Orientalin f

oriental

[ˌɔːrɪˈɛntl]
1. adjorientale
2. n Orientalorientale m/f

Orient

(ˈoːriənt) : the Orient
the east (China, Japan etc). the mysteries of the Orient.
ˌoriˈental (-ˈen-) adjective
in or from the east. oriental art.
noun
a person who comes from the east.

oriental

شَرْقِيٌّ orientální orientalsk orientalisch ανατολίτικος oriental itämainen oriental istočnjački orientale 東洋の 동양의 oosters orientalsk orientalny oriental восточный orientalisk ซึ่งเกี่ยวกับประเทศในเอเชียตะวันออก oryantal thuộc phương Đông 东方的

oriental

a. oriental; del oriente o rel. con éste.
References in classic literature ?
As if a magician's wand had touched him, the garland of roses transformed him into a vision of Oriental beauty.
In this, perhaps, he does no more than any other energetic and imaginative race would do, being compelled to set bounds to fancy by experience; but the North American Indian clothes his ideas in a dress which is different from that of the African, and is oriental in itself.
For example, an uncle--who had sailed for India fifty years before, and never been heard of since--might yet return, and adopt her to be the comfort of his very extreme and decrepit age, and adorn her with pearls, diamonds, and Oriental shawls and turbans, and make her the ultimate heiress of his unreckonable riches.
She had in her nature a rich, voluptuous, Oriental characteristic -- a taste for the gorgeously beautiful, which, save in the exquisite productions of her needle, found nothing else, in all the possibilities of her life, to exercise itself upon.
Let them talk of their oriental summer climes of everlasting conservatories; give me the privilege of making my own summer with my own coals.
That wondrous oriental story is now to be rehearsed from the Shaster, which gives us the dread Vishnoo, one of the three persons in the godhead of the Hindoos; gives us this divine Vishnoo himself for our Lord; --Vishnoo, who, by the first of his ten earthly incarnations, has for ever set apart and sanctified the whale.
Wide galleries ran all around the four sides, whose Moorish arches, slender pillars, and arabesque ornaments, carried the mind back, as in a dream, to the reign of oriental romance in Spain.
Is it nothing to them to appear as pets of an Oriental prince--at no expense?
Fairfax of Blanche Ingram; remember the raven ringlets, the oriental eye;--What
Elegant Cashmere Robes; strictly Oriental, very grand; reduced to one pound nineteen-and-sixpence.
No fascination has ever been attached to Oriental literature, equal to that produced by Mr Galland's first translation of the Arabian Tales; in which, retaining on the one hand the splendour of Eastern costume, and on the other the wildness of Eastern fiction, he mixed these with just so much ordinary feeling and expression, as rendered them interesting and intelligible, while he abridged the long-winded narratives, curtailed the monotonous reflections, and rejected the endless repetitions of the Arabian original.
Oriental taste was displayed in the colors of her costume, which consisted of a white dress, close-fitting, and printed with an elaborate china blue pattern; a yellow straw hat covered with artificial hawthorn and scarlet berries; and tan-colored gloves reaching beyond the elbow, and decorated with a profusion of gold bangles.