[ ey-zhee-at-ik, ey-shee-, ey-zee- ]
/ ˌeɪ ʒiˈæt ɪk, ˌeɪ ʃi-, ˌeɪ zi- /


noun Usually Offensive.

an Asian person.

Origin of Asiatic

1625–35; < Latin Asiāticus < Greek Asiātikos. See Asia, -tic

Related forms

Can be confused

Asian Asiatic Oriental (see usage note at Asian)

Usage note

See Asian. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for asiatic


/ (ˌeɪʃɪˈætɪk, -zɪ-) /

noun, adjective

a word formerly used for Asian


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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