occidental

[ ok-si-den-tl ]
/ ˌɒk sɪˈdɛn tl /
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adjective

(usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Occident or its natives and inhabitants.

noun

(usually initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the Occident.

Nearby words

  1. occasional table,
  2. occasionalism,
  3. occasionally,
  4. occasions,
  5. occident,
  6. occidentalism,
  7. occidentalize,
  8. occidentally,
  9. occipital,
  10. occipital artery

Origin of occidental

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin occidentālis western, equivalent to occident- occident + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for occidental

occidental

/ (ˌɒksɪˈdɛntəl) /

adjective

a literary or formal word for western Compare oriental

Occidental

/ (ˌɒksɪˈdɛntəl) sometimes not capital /

adjective

of or relating to the Occident

noun

an inhabitant, esp a native, of the Occident
Derived FormsOccidentalism, nounOccidentalist, noun, adjectiveOccidentally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for occidental

occidental

adj.

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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