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Borrowed from Anglo-Norman oriental, Middle French oriental, from Latin orientālis (eastern), from oriēns (rising (of the Sun)), present active participle of orior (I rise)


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɔːɹiˈɛntl̩/, /ɒɹiˈɛntl̩/


Oriental (comparative more Oriental, superlative most Oriental)

  1. Of a pearl or other precious stone: having a superior lustre. [from 14th c.]
  2. (astronomy, astrology) Pertaining to the eastern part of the sky; happening before sunrise. [from 14th c.]
  3. (obsolete) Happening in the eastern part of a given place or location. [15th-19th c.]
  4. Pertaining to the regions east of the Mediterranean, beyond the Roman Empire or the early Christian world; of the Near East, the Middle East or the Far East, now especially relating to East Asia. [from 15th c.]
  5. Designating various types of aromatic tobacco grown in Turkey and the Balkans. [from 19th c.]

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Oriental (plural Orientals)

  1. A precious stone, especially an orient pearl. [from 14th c.]
  2. A member or descendant of the peoples and cultures of the Orient. [from 15th c.]
  3. A lily cultivar of a widely varied group, with strong scent.
  4. (archaic) A person from the eastern region of a place. [15th-19th c.]
    • 1848, National anthem of Uruguay
      Orientals, the Fatherland or the grave, Liberty or with glory we die!

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  • Use of the term Oriental to describe a person is considered dated and offensive in North America.


See Thesaurus:Asian


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Oriental m (plural Orientals)

  1. An Oriental lily