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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

SYNONYMS FOR orient

OTHER WORDS FROM orient

o·ri·ent·er, nounself-o·ri·ent·ed, adjectivewell-o·ri·ent·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for the orient (1 of 2)

Orient
/ (ˈɔːrɪənt) /

noun the Orient

the countries east of the Mediterranean
the eastern hemisphere

British Dictionary definitions for the orient (2 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
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Medical definitions for the orient

orient
[ ôrē-ənt, -ĕnt′ ]

v.

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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Cultural definitions for the orient

The Orient

Term referring to Asia. Orient means “the East,” as opposed to Occident, “the West.”

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