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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Usage Note: Oriental is now considered outdated and often offensive in American English when referring to a person of Asian birth or descent.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 ?
The gentleman had paid the week's rent and all the week's extras in advance, stating that the apartments were wanted for three Oriental noblemen, friends of his, who were visiting England for the first time.
"The Buddhists are cutting Mohammedan throats," the Dragoman replied, with oriental composure.
The imagery of the Indian, both in his poetry and in his oratory, is oriental; chastened, and perhaps improved, by the limited range of his practical knowledge.
As each of us was presented in turn he acknowledged the fact with a profound bow in the Oriental manner, but with nothing of Oriental gravity.
For with them was there equally good, clear, Oriental air; there was I furthest from cloudy, damp, melancholy Old-Europe!
Involuntarily he noticed a Georgian or Armenian family consisting of a very handsome old man of Oriental type, wearing a new, cloth-covered, sheepskin coat and new boots, an old woman of similar type, and a young woman.
Quinton wrote his wild Oriental poems and romances.
In a continuous line from that peninsula stretch the long islands of Sumatra, Java, Bally, and Timor; which, with many others, form a vast mole, or rampart, lengthwise connecting Asia with Australia, and dividing the long unbroken Indian ocean from the thickly studded oriental archipelagoes.
On arriving at Monte Video I found that the Beagle would not sail for some time, so I prepared for a short excursion in this part of Banda Oriental. Everything which I have said about the country near Maldonado is applicable to Monte Video; but the land, with the one exception of the Green Mount 450 feet high, from which it takes its name, is far more level.
Close on the heels of that came a violent rattling crash, quite close to us, that shook the ground; and, starting out upon the lawn, I saw the tops of the trees about the Oriental College burst into smoky red flame, and the tower of the little church beside it slide down into ruin.
He was a handsome young Oriental, fond of wandering through unexplored portions of the earth, and he arrived in India from nowhere in particular.
The deformity which degraded and destroyed the manly beauty of his head and breast was hidden from view by an Oriental robe of many colors, thrown over the chair like a coverlet.