11 Equally valid terms for the Orient still exist in the English language in such collocations as Oriental studies (now Asian Studies in some countries).Originally, the term referred to Egypt, the Levant, and adjoining areas.
11 Throughout the history of the changing sense of the term, "the Orient" was never equivalent to Asia as a whole.See also edit a b "Definition of oriental".
Orient 2 archaic : east sense 1b 3a : a pearl of great luster b : the luster of a pearl orient adjective orient verb orient r-ent oriented; orienting; orients transitive verb 1a : to cause to face or point toward the east specifically.Latin word oriens meaning "east" (lit.It indicated the eastern direction in historical astronomy, often abbreviated "Ori".
Because it's on the Intracoastal Waterway, Oriental is a convenient and popular year-round port for sailing vessels.The Israelite kissed it thrice with oriental veneration, and replaced it in his breast.
Explore m, origin of oriental 13501400; Middle English Middle French Latin orientlis, equivalent to orient- east, the east (see orient ) -lis -al1, related formsorientally, adverbanti-Oriental, adjective, nounhalf-oriental, adjectivenonoriental, adjective, nounpseudooriental, adjectivequasi-oriental, adjectivesemioriental, adjectiveunoriental, adjective.18 Hong Kong, a former British colony, has been called "Pearl of the Orient".Noun (usually initial capital letter) Older Use: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.