Definitions for orientalismˌɔr iˈɛn tlˌɪz əm, ˌoʊr-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
O•ri•en•tal•ism*ˌɔr iˈɛn tlˌɪz əm, ˌoʊr-(n.)
a quality, trait, or usage characteristic of Eastern peoples.
the knowledge and study of Oriental languages, literature, etc.
* (often l.c.).
Origin of Orientalism:
Orientalism, Oriental Studies(noun)
the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
the quality or customs or mannerisms characteristic of Asian civilizations
"orientalisms can be found in Mozart's operas"
In the figurative arts, the tendency to represent eastern subjects, to assume stylistical characteristics original of the East.