- (usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Orient, or East; Eastern.
- of the orient, or the eastern region of the world or heavens: oriental countries;stars in the oriental sky.
- (initial capital letter) Zoogeography. belonging to a geographical division comprising southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as and including the Philippines, Borneo, and Java.
- (usually initial capital letter)designating various gems that are varieties of corundum: Oriental aquamarine; Oriental ruby.
- fine or precious; orient: oriental agate; oriental garnet.
- designating certain natural saltwater pearls found especially in Asia.
- (usually initial capital letter) Older Use: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a native or inhabitant of the Orient, or East.
Origin of oriental
Examples from the Web for oriental
Malcolm lives in New York, in an apartment of wood floors and oriental carpets, overlooking Gramercy Park.Old Anxieties Get a New Life: Artist Janet Malcolm Digs Up Ancient Case Files From a Mystery Psychiatrist
December 31, 2011
Fatima Bhutto is a graduate of Columbia University and the School of Oriental and African Studies.Does Pakistan Have No Shame?
February 11, 2009
Fatima Bhutto is a graduate of Columbia University and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).My Charlie Wilson War
January 8, 2009
I was just going down to the Oriental, but your dug-out wins me hands down.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Yet they behaved with Oriental composure and calmly accepted the inevitable.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
“A lying dog of some sort,” said Mr Vladimir in somewhat Oriental phraseology.The Secret Agent
Now, God and his father's fate made him intellectually inferior to the Oriental.American Notes
The Israelite kissed it thrice with oriental veneration, and replaced it in his breast.Leila, Complete
- (sometimes not capital) of or relating to the Orient
- of or denoting a zoogeographical region consisting of southeastern Asia from India to Borneo, Java, and the Philippines
- a breed of slender muscular cat with large ears, long legs, and a long tail
- (sometimes not capital) an inhabitant, esp a native, of the Orient
Word Origin and History for oriental
late 14c., from Old French oriental "eastern, from the east" (12c.) and directly from Latin orientalis "of the east," from orientem (see Orient (n.)). Originally in reference to the sky, geographical sense is attested from late 15c.; oriental carpet first recorded 1868 (in C.Latin Eastlake).
"native or inhabitant of the east," 1701, from oriental (adj.).