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ORIENTAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Oriental mean? 

ORIENTAL (noun)
  The noun ORIENTAL has 1 sense:

1. a member of an Oriental race; the term is regarded as offensive by Asians (especially by Asian Americans)

  Familiarity information: ORIENTAL used as a noun is very rare.


ORIENTAL (adjective)
  The adjective ORIENTAL has 1 sense:

1. denoting or characteristic of the biogeographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines and Borneo and Java

  Familiarity information: ORIENTAL used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ORIENTAL (noun)


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Meaning:

A member of an Oriental race; the term is regarded as offensive by Asians (especially by Asian Americans)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Oriental; oriental person

Hypernyms ("Oriental" is a kind of...):

Asian; Asiatic (a native or inhabitant of Asia)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Oriental"):

yellow man (offensive term for an Oriental man)

yellow woman (offensive term for an Oriental woman)

gook; slant-eye (a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War))

Evenki; Ewenki (a member of the people inhabiting an area of northern Mongolia and eastern Siberia)

Mongol; Mongolian (a member of the nomadic peoples of Mongolia)

Holonyms ("Oriental" is a member of...):

Mongolian race; Mongoloid race; Yellow race (an Asian race)


ORIENTAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Denoting or characteristic of the biogeographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines and Borneo and Java

Synonyms:

oriental; Asian

Context examples:

Oriental politeness / for people of South and East Asian ancestry the term 'Asian' is preferred to 'Oriental' / Asian ancestry

Similar:

eastern (relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world)


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