Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the countries of the Orient or their peoples or cultures; eastern.
  • adjective Biology Of or designating the biogeographic region that includes South Asia south of the Himalaya Mountains and Southeast Asia from southern China to Borneo.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Oriental Orthodox Church.
  • adjective Lustrous and valuable.
  • adjective Of or relating to a genuine or superior gem.
  • adjective Relating to or designating corundum that resembles another stone in color.
  • noun Often Offensive An Asian, especially a South Asian, Southeast Asian, or East Asian.
  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the orient or east; situated in or proceeding from the east; eastern: as, oriental seas or countries. Also orient.
  • Of superior quality; precious; valuable; possessing orient qualities: applied to gems as a mark of excellence: opposed to occidental, which applies to the less valuable kinds.
  • [cap. or lowercase] Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the East, or Eastern, especially Asiatic, countries; hence, exuberant; profuse; sumptuous; gorgeous; magnificent.
  • In astrology, rising between the fourth house and the mid-heaven: applied to the planets.
  • noun A native or an inhabitant of some eastern part of the world; an Asiatic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A native or inhabitant of the Orient or some Eastern part of the world; an Asiatic.
  • noun (Eccl.) Eastern Christians of the Greek rite.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the orient or east; eastern; concerned with the East or Orientalism; -- opposed to occidental.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective eastern, of the east, of or relating to the Orient especially Asiatic, but most commonly to the Far East.
  • adjective zoölogy , capitalized: a zoögeographical region of southeast Asia.
  • adjective of orient pearls, relating to orient lustre in a pearl
  • noun Oriental (capitalized) native of the East, or Asiatic, native, resident of the Orient
  • noun A person from the Orient, or with ancestry from the Orient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a member of an Oriental race; the term is regarded as offensive by Asians (especially by Asian Americans)
  • adjective denoting or characteristic of countries of Asia

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin oriens ("east")

Examples

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