- (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.
- oriel window,
- orient express,
- oriental alabaster,
- oriental almandine,
- oriental beetle,
- oriental carpet,
- oriental cat's-eye
Origin of oriental
Examples from the Web for oriental
Red porphyry--verde antique--jasper--oriental agate--alabaster--mother-of-pearl--chalcedony--red coral--lapis lazuli!The Innocents Abroad|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But you has 'em shipped by freight, an' aims to spend a dollar an' thirty cents each on 'em, by markin' 'em 'Oriental Goods.'Captain Scraggs|Peter B. Kyne
His features and air are not so much Roman as oriental--thine are purely Roman.Zenobia|William Ware
The 'Oriental' has twenty-two spirited engravings of 'Scenes in India,' many of which are very superior.
late 14c., from Old French oriental "eastern, from the east" (12c.) and directly from Latin orientalis "of the east," from orientem (see Orient (n.)). Originally in reference to the sky, geographical sense is attested from late 15c.; oriental carpet first recorded 1868 (in C.Latin Eastlake).
"native or inhabitant of the east," 1701, from oriental (adj.).