Nearby words

  1. orgy,
  2. oribi,
  3. orichalcum,
  4. oriel,
  5. oriel window,
  6. orient express,
  7. oriental,
  8. oriental alabaster,
  9. oriental almandine,
  10. oriental beetle

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

Related formso·ri·ent·er, nounself-o·ri·ent·ed, adjectivewell-o·ri·ent·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for oriented


noun the Orient

the countries east of the Mediterranean
the eastern hemisphere


noun (ˈɔːrɪənt)

poetic another word for east Compare occident
archaic the eastern sky or the dawn
  1. the iridescent lustre of a pearl
  2. (as modifier)orient pearls
a pearl of high quality

adjective (ˈɔːrɪənt)

mainly poetic eastern
archaic (of the sun, stars, etc) rising

verb (ˈɔːrɪˌɛnt)

to adjust or align (oneself or something else) according to surroundings or circumstances
(tr) to position, align, or set (a map, surveying instrument, etc) with reference to the points of the compass or other specific directions
(tr) to set or build (a church) in an easterly direction

Word Origin for orient

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

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Word Origin and History for oriented
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Medicine definitions for oriented


[ôrē-ənt, -ĕnt′]


To locate or place in a particular relation to the points of the compass.
To align or position with respect to a point or system of reference.
To make familiar with or adjusted to facts, principles, or a situation.

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