- (usually initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the Occident.
Origin of occidental
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin occidentālis western, equivalent to occident- occident + -ālis -al1
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- of or relating to the Occident
- an inhabitant, esp a native, of the Occident
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c.1400, from Old French occidental (14c.) and directly from Latin occidentalis "western," from occidentem (see occident). As a capitalized noun meaning "a Western person" (opposed to Oriental) from 1857.
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