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Definition of 'oriental'


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


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: Asian

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