What does Oriental mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. orientaladjective

    denoting or characteristic of countries of Asia

    "oriental civilization"


  1. orientalnoun

    Oriental (capitalized) native of the East, or Asiatic, native, resident of the Orient

  2. orientalnoun

    A person from the Orient, or with ancestry from the Orient.

    Note: this term is considered by some to be objectionable in American English.

  3. orientaladjective

    eastern, of the east, of or relating to the Orient especially Asiatic, but most commonly to the Far East.

    Note: this term is considered by some to be objectionable in American English.

  4. orientaladjective

    (zoölogy), capitalized: a zoögeographical region of southeast Asia.

  5. orientaladjective

    of orient pearls, relating to orient lustre in a pearl

  6. Orientalnoun

    A member or descendant of the peoples and cultures of the Orient.

  7. Orientalnoun

    A lily cultivar of a widely varied group, with strong scent.

    Note: this term is considered by some to be objectionable in American English.

  8. Orientaladjective

    In, of or otherwise related to the Orient.

    Note: this term is considered by some to be objectionable in American English.

  9. Orientaladjective

    Or, like or otherwise relating to the Oriental people and culture.

  10. Orientaladjective

    Of or relating to the biogeographic part of Asia south of the Himalayas, including part of the Malay archipelago.

  11. Etymology: Recorded in from circa 1391 (noun only from 1701), from oriental, from orientalis "of the east", from oriens 'east', the present participle of orire 'to rise, originate'

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORIENTALadjective

    Eastern; placed in the east; proceeding from the east.

    Etymology: oriental, French.

    Your ships went as well to the pillars of Hercules, as to Pequin upon the oriental seas, as far as to the borders of the east Tartary. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Some ascribing hereto the generation of gold, conceive the bodies of this situation to receive some appropriate influence from the sun’s ascendent, and oriental radiations. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err. b. vi.

  2. Orientalnoun

    An inhabitant of the eastern parts of the world.

    They have been of that great use to following ages, as to be imitated by the Arabians and other orientals. Nehemiah Grew.


  1. oriental

    The Orient is a term for the East in relation to Europe, traditionally comprising anything belonging to the Eastern world. It is the antonym of Occident, the Western World. In English, it is largely a metonym for, and coterminous with, the continent of Asia, loosely classified into the Western Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and sometimes including the Caucasus. Originally, the term Orient was used to designate only the Near East, and later its meaning evolved and expanded, designating also the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Far East. The term oriental is often used to describe objects from the Orient.


  1. oriental

    Oriental is a term, traditionally used in the West, to describe anything that originates from the Eastern world or the regions such as East and Southeast Asia, the Middle Eastern countries, or more broadly, Asia. It can relate to objects, styles, traditions, people, or cultures from these areas. However, it is deemed outdated and potentially offensive due to its historical links to colonialism and Eurocentric views. It is generally more appropriate to refer directly to the specific country or region being discussed. Notably, it's still used in certain contexts, such as "Oriental studies" or "Oriental rug."


  1. Oriental

    Oriental is known as 'The Sailing Capital of North Carolina'. This tiny harbor town is on the Neuse River, the widest river in the USA, leading to the vast sailing waters of Pamlico Sound and on to the Atlantic through North Carolina's barrier islands. The area is easily some of the finest boating waters on the East Coast. Oriental is midpoint on the Intracoastal Waterway and a destination for hundreds of cruising sailors travelling North and South with the seasons. Oriental is a town in Pamlico County, North Carolina, USA. The population was 875 at the 2000 census. It is part of the New Bern, North Carolina Micropolitan Statistical Area. Oriental is the largest city in the county, and home to most of its motels, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, marinas, boat brokerages, the newspaper, several sport fishing charters, and the county's cultural center. Oriental, an incorporated municipality, is in Eastern North Carolina's Inner Banks region where Smith, Pierce, Raccoon, Greens, Camp, Kershaw, and Whittaker creeks enter the 5-mile wide mouth of the Neuse River where it becomes the Pamlico Sound. The municipal water system draws from the huge Castle Hayne aquifer; the town was not adversely impacted by the severe drought of 2007–8 that affected most of the state.


  1. Oriental

    in geographical zoology as used by Wallace, that part of the earth's surface including Asia east of the Indus River, south of the Himalayas and the Yangtse-kiang watershed, Ceylon, Sumatra, Java and the Philippines.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oriental is ranked #152628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Oriental surname appeared 107 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Oriental.

    90.6% or 97 total occurrences were Black.

Anagrams for Oriental »

  1. relation

  2. tenorial

  3. tirolean

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Oriental in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Oriental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Oriental in a Sentence

  1. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Moving to oriental or jazz while listening to drum beats or trance, take your own time and improvise. Wait not, now is the time to release the dancing vibes

  2. Yossi Ziegler:

    Professor Ordinarius of Oriental Languages and Professor Extra-Ordinarius of Theology at Alma MaterGiessen.

  3. Roy Thomas:

    Don't these people have something better to do than to worry about the fact that Iron Fist in 1974 isn't Oriental, or whatever word, i know Oriental isn't the right word now, either.

  4. Yang Moo-jin:

    North Korea primarily offers natural tourist attractions and appears to believe they can be a money maker if combined with elements of oriental medicine, which many Chinese people like.

  5. Ibrahim Dawoud:

    This is a battle of life or death, i teach oriental music, but at the same time we love our people and we can’t allow them get anywhere near our people.

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