Asiatic

adjective Asi·at·ic \ ˌā-zhē-ˈa-tik , -zē- \

Definition of Asiatic

sometimes offensive
: asian

Asiatic

noun, sometimes offensive

asian vs. asiatic

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.



ASIATIC Defined for English Language Learners

Asiatic

adjective

Definition of Asiatic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to Asia


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