Definitions

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  • proper n. Countries of Asia, especially East Asia.
  • proper n. Countries east of the Mediterranean.

Etymologies

Latin oriēns ("east"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The greatest importance of the word 'Orient' in 19th-century thinking," observes ASO music director Leon Botstein, "was as a source of inspiration and self-definition among Western artists and writers."

    Go East, Monsieur

  • While all the diamond cutters in Europe are licensed and carefully watched, the Orient is a different matter altogether.

    Spell of Magic – Part 8 « Official Harry Harrison News Blog

  • Joshua, my understanding that the only appropriate time to use the word Orient is in reference to food.

    Matthew Yglesias » The View From Your Breakfast

  • That vast stretch of opal islands; jade continents; sapphire seas of strange sunsets; mysterious masses of brown-skinned humanity; brown-eyed, full-breasted, full-lipped and full-hipped women; which we call the Orient, can only be caught by the photographer's art in flash-light pictures.

    Flash-lights from the Seven Seas

  • The Orient is beginning to show what an important factor it will become, under Western supervision, in the creation of surplus value.

    THE QUESTION OF THE MAXIMUM

  • (“Arabian Society,” etc., before quoted) to mine will know as much of the Moslem East and more than many Europeans who have spent half their lives in Orient lands.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • On Saturday morning, cars began pulling into the gravel parking lot of a one-story American Legion hall in Orient, Ill., about 30 miles northeast of Carbondale, for a memorial service.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • So far as the Orient is concerned the Dove of Peace finds it very difficult to be heard above the cannon's roar.

    Disarmament

  • Again, our trade with the Orient is now of sufficient volume to make us watch Manchuria with an increasingly anxious eye.

    The Manchurian Crisis

  • Port L’Orient is about forty miles east of Quimper on the southern coast of Brittany, and was the home base of the French East India Company, with important naval shipyards.

    Archive 2009-03-01

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