oriental

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adjective ori·en·tal \ ˌȯr-ē-ˈen-tᵊl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of oriental

1 or Oriental :of, relating to, or situated in the orient
2 or Oriental :of, relating to, or coming from Asia and especially eastern Asia
  • oriental food
  • oriental art
now sometimes considered offensive especially when used to describe a person
3 Oriental :of, relating to, or constituting the biogeographic region that includes Asia south and southeast of the Himalayas and the Malay Archipelago west of Wallace's line
4 a :of superior grade, luster, or value
b :being corundum or sapphire but simulating another gem in color

orientally

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Oriental

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Definition of Oriental

1 dated, now usually offensive :asian; especially :one who is a native of east Asia or is of east Asian descent

ORIENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

oriental

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adjective

Definition of oriental for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or from Asia and especially eastern Asia


ORIENTAL Defined for Kids

oriental

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adjective, often capitalized ori·en·tal \ ˌōr-ē-ˈen-tᵊl \

Definition of oriental for Students

1 sometimes offensive :1asian Hint: In the past, this word was not considered offensive when applied to Asian people. In recent years, however, many people have come to find the word hurtful when applied to a person, and you may offend someone by using it in that way.
2 :relating to or from the region that includes the countries of eastern Asia (as China, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea)


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