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Definition of "oriental" []

  • Of or relating to the countries of the Orient or their peoples or cultures; eastern. (adjective)
  • Of or designating the biogeographic region that includes Asia south of the Himalaya Mountains and the islands of the Malay Archipelago. (adjective)
  • Lustrous and valuable: oriental pearls. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a genuine or superior gem: an oriental ruby. (adjective)
  • Relating to or designating corundum that resembles another stone in color. (adjective)

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Use "oriental" in a sentence
  • "I get the filete part and oriental is obvious ... but what does basa mean? tashby"
  • "I haven't read the book, but Orchidus posted a great review of it recently ... and I know that like me you are interested in oriental writers, so it might be a good choice!"
  • "The one on the left is for Patty, who wanted a 12 block (any style) in oriental fabrics, so I made this log cabin/courthouse steps variation for her."