Asian

adjective
\ ˈā-zhən How to pronounce Asian (audio) also -shən \

Definition of Asian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the continent of Asia or its people

Asian

noun

Definition of Asian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a native or inhabitant of Asia
2 : a person of Asian descent

Asian vs. Asiatic: Usage Guide

Adjective

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.

Examples of Asian in a Sentence

Noun There are many Asians living in South America.

First Known Use of Asian

Adjective

1550, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries Near Asian

Asia Minor

Asian

Asian American

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“Asian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Asian. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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Asian

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of Asian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Asia or its people

Asian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Asian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person born, raised, or living in Asia : a person whose family is from Asia

Asian

adjective
\ ˈā-zhən How to pronounce Asian (audio) \

Kids Definition of Asian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Asia or its people Asian cities Asian cooking

Asian

noun

Kids Definition of Asian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person born or living in Asia

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