oriental

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adjective ori·en·tal \ˌȯr-ē-ˈen-təl\

Definition of oriental

  1. 1 or Oriental :  of, relating to, or situated in Asia

  2. 2a :  of superior grade, luster, or valueb :  being corundum or sapphire but simulating another gem in color

  3. 3 or Oriental :  Asian oriental food oriental rugs —now sometimes considered offensive especially when used to describe a person

  4. 4Oriental :  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

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play \ˌȯr-ē-ˈen-təl-ē\ adverb

14th Century

First Known Use of oriental

14th century


Oriental

noun ori·en·tal

Definition of Oriental

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

  2. 2 :  oriental rug

  3. 3 :  oriental shorthair

15th Century

First Known Use of oriental

15th century


ORIENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

oriental

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adjective ori·en·tal \ˌȯr-ē-ˈen-təl\

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 cap ori·en·tal \ˌōr-ē-ˈen-təl\

Definition of oriental for Students

  1. 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. 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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