Asi·​at·​ic | \ ˌā-zhē-ˈa-tik How to pronounce Asiatic (audio) , -zē- \

Definition of Asiatic

sometimes offensive

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Asiatic noun, sometimes offensive

Asian vs. Asiatic: Usage Guide

Asian is now solidly preferred to Asiatic; the latter persists mainly in the names of some kinds of flora and fauna. an Asiatic lily the Asiatic elephant Asiatic still has some use as a geographical designator the Asiatic side of the Bosporus but has increasingly been considered offensive, especially as associated with the policies of colonialism.

First Known Use of Asiatic

1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Asiatic was in 1602

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“Asiatic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Asiatic

: of or relating to Asia

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