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Meaning of ORIENTAL

Pronunciation:  `owree'entl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a member of an Oriental race
  2. [adj]  denoting or characteristic of the biogeographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines and Borneo and Java; "Oriental politeness"; "for people of South and East Asian ancestry the term `Asian' is preferred to `Oriental'"; "Asian ancestry"

ORIENTAL is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: Asian, eastern, oriental person
 See Also: Asian, Asiatic, Evenki, Ewenki, gook, Mongol, Mongolian, Mongolian race, Mongoloid race, slant-eye, yellow man, Yellow race, yellow woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O`ri*en"tal\, a. [L. orientalis: cf. F. oriental.]
    Of or pertaining to the orient or east; eastern; concerned
    with the East or Orientalism; -- opposed to {occidental}; as,
    Oriental countries.
          The sun's ascendant and oriental radiations. --Sir T.
  2. \O`ri*en"tal\, n.
    1. A native or inhabitant of the Orient or some Eastern part
       of the world; an Asiatic.
    2. pl. (Eccl.) Eastern Christians of the Greek rite.
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