Dictionary.com
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of orient

1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin orient- (stem of oriēns ) “the east, sunrise,” noun use of present participle of orīrī “to rise”; see -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM orient

o·ri·ent·er, nounself-o·ri·ent·ed, adjectivewell-o·ri·ent·ed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use orient in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for orient (1 of 2)

orient

noun (ˈɔːrɪənt)
adjective (ˈɔːrɪənt)
mainly poetic eastern
archaic (of the sun, stars, etc) rising
verb (ˈɔːrɪˌɛnt)

Word Origin for orient

C18: via French from Latin oriēns rising (sun), from orīrī to rise

British Dictionary definitions for orient (2 of 2)

Orient
/ (ˈɔːrɪənt) /

noun the Orient
the countries east of the Mediterranean
the eastern hemisphere
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK