- of, belonging to, or characteristic of Asia or its inhabitants.
- a native or inhabitant of Asia, or a person of Asian descent.
Origin of Asian
However, Oriental is a neutral, inoffensive term when used as an adjective describing Asian culture or things from Asia. Similarly, the term Asiatic is usually offensive when referring to people, but neutral when referring to Asian culture, animals, etc. Though Asian is an acceptable ethnic designation in most contexts, it is best to be as specific as possible, rather than to group all Asians into a single cultural identity. In general, people of South, Southeast, and East Asian origin prefer to be identified by their country of origin: for example, Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, or Chinese. The people of the Middle or Near East and Polynesia are not referred to as Asian.
Examples from the Web for asian
Today, the city is an Asian hipster outpost, with shopping malls, clothing boutiques, and mixologist-prepared cocktails.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party have done anything to consistently target Asian- American voters.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
All in all, approximately 13,000 Allied POWs and 90,000 Asian laborers perished while working on the railway.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
"Our Siberian girls are admired more by Asian countries than by the West," Elite Stars school director Tatyana Fetisova told me.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized?
December 12, 2014
The U.S. has spent approximately $120 billion to rebuild the central Asian nation, according to SIGAR.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
There was also an Australian opal and an Asian emerald, the latter greener than the grass.The Paliser case
We were close upon the Asian shore, and I put the helm down to go about.Paul Patoff
F. Marion Crawford
The Asian rivers that are important highways of commerce are few in number.
These ports are destined to become the chief American ports in the Asian trade.
Malagigi sat repenting in his Asian grotto, like S. Gerolamo in the pictures.Castellinaria
Henry Festing Jones
- of or relating to Asia or to any of its peoples or languages
- British of or relating to natives of the Indian subcontinent or any of their descendants, esp when living in Britain
- a native or inhabitant of Asia or a descendant of one
- British a native of the Indian subcontinent or a descendant of one
Word Origin and History for asian
late 14c., "inhabitant of Asia (Minor)," from Latin Asianus (adjective and noun, "belonging to the province of Asia;" "an inhabitant of Asia"), from Greek Asianos, from Asia (see Asia). Ousted Asiatic as the preferred term in Britain c.1950.
The term "Asiatic" has come to be regarded with disfavour by those to whom it is applied, and they feel entitled to be brought into line with usage in regard to Europeans, Americans and Australians. ["Times Literary Supplement," Feb. 6, 1953]
As an adjective in English, by 1690s.