Definitions for orientˈɔr i ənt, -iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-; ˈɔr iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ri•entˈɔr i ənt, -iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-; ˈɔr iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-(n., adj.; v.; adj.)

  1. (n.)the Orient, the countries of Asia, esp. East Asia. (formerly) the countries to the E of the Mediterranean.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. an orient pearl. the iridescent luster of a pearl or of mother-of-pearl.

    Category: Jewelry

  3. the east; the eastern region of the heavens or the world.

  4. (v.t.)to adjust or bring into due relation to surroundings, circumstances, facts, etc.

  5. to familiarize with new surroundings or circumstances:

    lectures to orient visitors.

  6. to place in a position with reference to the points of the compass or other locations:

    to orient a building north and south.

  7. to direct or position toward a particular object.

  8. to determine the position of in relation to the points of the compass; get the bearings of.

  9. to place so as to face the east, esp. to build (a church) with the chief altar to the east and the chief entrance to the west.

  10. to set (the horizontal circle of a surveying instrument) so that readings give correct azimuths.

  11. (adj.)(of a gem or pearl) exceptionally fine and lustrous.

    Category: Jewelry

  12. Archaic. rising:

    the orient sun.

Origin of orient:

1350–1400; ME < MF < L orient- (s. of oriēns) the east, sunrise, n. use of prp. of orīrī to rise


Princeton's WordNet

  1. East, Orient(noun)

    the countries of Asia

  2. eastern hemisphere, orient(verb)

    the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia

  3. orient, point(verb)

    be oriented

    "The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"

  4. orient, orientate(verb)

    determine one's position with reference to another point

    "We had to orient ourselves in the forest"

  5. orient(verb)

    cause to point

    "Orient the house towards the West"

  6. orient(verb)

    familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances

    "The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen"

  7. tailor, orient(verb)

    adjust to a specific need or market

    "a magazine oriented towards young people"; "tailor your needs to your surroundings"


  1. orient(Verb)

    To familiarize with a situation or circumstance.

    Give him time to orient himself within the new hierarchy.

  2. orient(Verb)

    To set the focus of so as to relate or appeal to a certain group.

    We will orient our campaign to the youth who are often disinterested.

  3. orient(Verb)

    To point at or direct towards.

    I will orient all of the signs to face the road.

  4. orient(Verb)

    To determine which direction one is facing.

    Let me just orient myself and we can be on our way.

  5. orient(Verb)

    To place or build so as to face eastward.

  6. orient(Verb)

    To change direction so as to face east.

  7. orient(Verb)

    To change direction to face a certain way.

  8. Orient(ProperNoun)

    Countries of Asia, especially East Asia.

  9. Orient(ProperNoun)

    Countries east of the Mediterranean.

  10. Origin: From orient, from orient, from oriens, present participle of oriri.


  1. Orient

    Orient is a census-designated place in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, United States. The CDP's population was 743 at the 2010 census. Orient and Orient Point are used almost interchangeably. However, Orient Point refers specifically to the physical point at the end of the North Fork of Long Island, while Orient is the hamlet in which the point is located.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. orient

    1. The subconscious part of the Occident. 2. The cradle of all infamies and all wisdom. 3. A place where God and the house have an esoteric meaning.

Anagrams of orient

  1. tonier, trione

  2. tonier

  3. trione

Translations for orient

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the east (China, Japan etc)

the mysteries of the Orient.

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