[ ey-zhee-at-ik, ey-shee-, ey-zee- ]

nounUsually Offensive.
  1. an Asian person.

Origin of Asiatic

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin Asiāticus, from Greek Asiātikos; see Asia, -tic

usage note For Asiatic

See Asian.

Other words from Asiatic

  • an·ti-A·si·at·ic, adjective, noun
  • half-A·si·at·ic, adjective, noun
  • non-A·si·at·ic, adjective, noun
  • pro-A·si·at·ic, adjective, noun
  • trans-A·si·at·ic, adjective, noun

Words that may be confused with Asiatic

Words Nearby Asiatic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Asiatic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Asiatic


/ (ˌeɪʃɪˈætɪk, -zɪ-) /

noun, adjective
  1. a word formerly used for Asian

usage For Asiatic

Asiatic is the correct word to use in scientific language when talking about flora, fauna and anthropology, for instance Asiatic lion . Using it as a noun is offensive and old-fashioned

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