- the countries of Asia, especially East Asia.
- (formerly) the countries to the E of the Mediterranean.
- an orient pearl.
- the iridescence of a pearl.
verb (used with object) Also especially British, orientate.
verb (used without object) Also especially British, orientate.
- oriel window,
- orient express,
- oriental alabaster,
- oriental almandine,
- oriental beetle
Origin of orient
Examples from the Web for orient
The myth of the Orient, and the Orient Express, both facilitated and quelled illusions about foreign cultures.
Inversely, of course, figures from the Orient travelled the other way to discover Europe.
The Orient Express is, in many senses, an early example of budding globalism.
Next morning Alcide packed my valise, and leaving him in charge of my apartments I took the Orient express for Constantinople.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So neither polling nor political theory can transfigure the human heart or orient our minds toward the brotherhood of man?
There would not be another sailing for the Orient for ten days.The Honorable Percival|Alice Hegan Rice
To the westward flowed the stream of doctrines which sprang up in the Orient.Peter the Hermit|Daniel A. Goodsell
When we send a man out to the Orient to be our manager there, we have to trust him all the way or not at all.The Go-Getter|Peter B. Kyne
He beheld Fancy hanging on his arm, gazing upward into a bronzed, devil-may-care face, listening to strange tales of the Orient.The Soul of Susan Yellam|Horace Annesley Vachell
By ten o'clock five of the French van had surrendered, and the great hundred-and-twenty-gun ship, the Orient, was in flames.At Aboukir and Acre|George Alfred Henty
Word Origin for orient
noun the Orient
c.1300, "the East" (originally usually meaning what is now called the Middle East), from Old French orient "east" (11c.), from Latin orientem (nominative oriens) "the rising sun, the east, part of the sky where the sun rises," originally "rising" (adj.), present participle of oriri "to rise" (see orchestra). The Orient Express was a train that ran from Paris to Istanbul via Vienna 1883-1961, from the start associated with espionage and intrigue.
c.1727, originally "to arrange facing east," from French s'orienter "to take one's bearings," literally "to face the east" (also the source of German orientierung), from Old French orient "east," from Latin orientum (see Orient (n.)). Extended meaning "determine bearings" first attested 1842; figurative sense is from 1850. Related: Oriented; orienting.