of the orient, or the eastern region of the world or heavens: oriental countries;stars in the oriental sky.
(initial capital letter)Zoogeography. belonging to a geographical division comprising southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as and including the Philippines, Borneo, and Java.
(usually initial capital letter) designating various gems that are varieties of corundum: Oriental aquamarine; Oriental ruby.
fine or precious; orient: oriental agate; oriental garnet.
designating certain natural saltwater pearls found especially in Asia.
(usually initial capital letter)Older Use: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a native or inhabitant of the Orient, or East.
- o·ri·en·tal·ly, adverb
- an·ti-O·ri·en·tal, adjective, noun
- half-o·ri·en·tal, adjective
- non·o·ri·en·tal, adjective, noun
- pseu·do·o·ri·en·tal, adjective
- qua·si-o·ri·en·tal, adjective
- sem·i·o·ri·en·tal, adjective
- un·o·ri·en·tal, adjective
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How to use oriental in a sentence
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On Nov. 8, The Norman Mailer Center will fete writers, both famous and not, at a gala at the Mandarin oriental Hotel in New York.
Monotheism is strictly inconsistent with the supremacy of “merits” which is the very soul of oriental religion.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
He was professor of oriental languages; his dissertations on various subjects of criticism and antiquity were highly esteemed.
He was distinguished as an oriental scholar, and died while delivering an oration at the academy of Caen.
Whether this aptitude was combined with the sinuous cunning that is essentially oriental Nigel did not know.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
Joseph White, an eminent English divine, and oriental scholar, died.
British Dictionary definitions for oriental (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for Oriental (2 of 2)
(sometimes not capital) of or relating to the Orient
of or denoting a zoogeographical region consisting of southeastern Asia from India to Borneo, Java, and the Philippines
a breed of slender muscular cat with large ears, long legs, and a long tail
(sometimes not capital) an inhabitant, esp a native, of the Orient
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