O·ri·en·tal a. Of or pertaining to the orient or east; eastern; concerned with the East or Orientalism; -- opposed to occidental; as, Oriental countries.
The sun's ascendant and oriental radiations. --Sir T. Browne.
1. A native or inhabitant of the Orient or some Eastern part of the world; an Asiatic.
2. pl. Eccl. Eastern Christians of the Greek rite.
adj : denoting or characteristic of the biogeographic region
including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as
far as the Philippines and Borneo and Java; "Oriental
politeness"; "for people of South and East Asian
ancestry the term `Asian' is preferred to `Oriental'";
"Asian ancestry" [syn: Asian]
n : a member of an Oriental race [syn: oriental person]