Definitions

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  • adj. In, of or otherwise related to the Orient.
  • adj. Or, like or otherwise relating to the Oriental people and culture.
  • adj. Of or relating to the biogeographic part of Asia south of the Himalayas, including part of the Malay archipelago.
  • n. A member or descendant of the peoples and cultures of the Orient.
  • n. A lily cultivar of a widely varied group, with strong scent.

Etymologies

Recorded in Middle English from circa 1391 (noun only from 1701), from Old French oriental, from Latin orientalis "of the east", from oriens 'east', the present participle of orire 'to rise, originate' (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ordained a priest shortly afterwards, he devoted himself entirely to the study of the oriental languages, became librarian and keeper of the archives in 1813, and later on professor of Greek and Oriental languages at the theological school of his monastery.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Ellos habitan en el barrio Waspan Norte es madre de 5 hijos, y de ellos dependen únicamente dos de todos sus hijos, trabaja en el mercado oriental vendiendo comida rápida y refrescos la comida la prepara en su casa y la lleva a su puesto de venta en el Oriental, la peor desgracia que ha pasado en su vida ha sido un préstamo que solicitó hace 4 años y saliendo del Banco con U$ 5,000.00 fue asaltada despojándola de la esperanza de trabajar para mejorar su vida y la de su familia tras esto la señora se vio obligada a vender su tramo y reiniciar de nuevo con su negocio, hoy en día desea volver a intentar mejorar la venta y con un nuevo crédito y compararía un freezer para los refrescos y se supliría de más materia prima.

    Kiva Loans

  • In today's politically correct usage the term "Oriental" has been replaced by "Asian," "Middle Eastern" or more geographically precise adjectives.

    Go East, Monsieur

  • We have used the term Oriental, because they are to be met with in almost all Oriental needlework and probably derive their origin from Asia, whose inhabitants have, at all times, been renowned for the beauty of their embroideries.

    Encyclopedia of Needlework

  • They bought a second hotel on an adjacent piece of land, which they called the Oriental, and began expanding.

    Rooms With a Past

  • Winnebago Courier had had a sarcastic editorial about what they called the Oriental bazaar (that was after the editor, Lem Davis, had bumped his shin against a toy cart that protruded unduly), but Mrs. Brandeis changed nothing.

    Fanny Herself

  • Usually speaking the Oriental is as law-abiding as his white neighbour.

    Oriental Immigration

  • Once the Winnebago Courier had had a sarcastic editorial about what they called the Oriental bazaar (that was after the editor, Lem Davis, had bumped his shin against a toy cart that protruded unduly), but Mrs. Brandeis changed nothing.

    Fanny Herself

  • And until he is able to furnish and to enforce this, which I call the Oriental type of

    India, Its Life and Thought

  • Many of those who believe it is offensive comment that the issue is with the word "Oriental," which is often regarded as a derogatory word when referring to people.

    ABC News: Top Stories

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