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
3Oriental : 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
4a : of superior grade, luster, or valueb : being corundum or sapphire but simulating another gem in color
orientallyplay \ˌȯr-ē-ˈen-təl-ē\ adverb
Recent Examples of oriental from the Web
There are sleek, white sectional sofas, circular Oriental carpets and silver trays laden with French macarons.
An array of oriental rugs covered the aisle, lending to the Bohemian atmosphere the couple desired.
Then, to correlate with it, five different essential oils—vanilla, rose de mai, jasmine, Oriental, and citrus—were offered, to optimize my experience and aid my journey into a state of total relaxation.
But there are exceptional newcomers like the 1940s AriyasomVilla, which has a gorgeous courtyard and pool, and 24 rooms, some with four-poster beds and Oriental rugs.
Tyme M. Gigliotti, a licensed acupuncturist and assistant professor of acupuncture and oriental medicine at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, describes how acupuncture works to dull pain.
Mr. Hart received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Oriental studies and political science at the University of Arizona.
The front stairway boasts an oriental runner and provides an automatic lift for an easy ride to the second story.
The set at 12th Avenue Arts looks typically Ibsen-esque: wood paneling, wood furniture, piano, Oriental carpet, oil painting on the wall.
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First Known Use of oriental
First Known Use of oriental
ORIENTAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oriental for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or from Asia and especially eastern Asia
ORIENTAL Defined for Kids
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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