- 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.
Origin of orient
Synonyms for orient
Related Words for orientedconform, align, adjust, adapt, locate, direct, acclimatize, turn, determine, orientate
Examples from the Web for oriented
Contemporary Examples of oriented
This is an inverse Pietà, and something of a sexual anarchist; she ardently refuses to be oriented in an orientation.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
One key constituency advocating “creative class” oriented development has been the grandees of urban real estate.Richard Florida Concedes the Limits of the Creative Class
March 20, 2013
Historical Examples of oriented
Before the second stage was fired, however, the ship had to be oriented properly.Pushbutton War
Joseph P. Martino
He had not oriented himself as yet to this new plane of existence.Hellhounds of the Cosmos
Clifford Donald Simak
If they are oriented in opposite directions, it is parahydrogen.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
He oriented the prayer carpet toward the southeast and stood at the end of it.The Saracen: The Holy War
It oriented the individual not only philosophically but socially as well.Government in Republican China
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
noun the Orient
Word Origin for orient
"having an orientation," 1918, past participle adjective from orient (v.)
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.