Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a native or inhabitant of Asia
  2. (adj, pert) of or relating to or characteristic of Asia or the peoples of Asia or their languages or culture

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Synonyms of Asian


Origin of the word Asian

  1. 1560s, from L. Asianus (adj. and n. "belonging to the province of Asia," "an inhabitant of Asia"), from Gk. Asianos, from Asia (see Asia). Ousted Asiatic as the preferred term in Britain c.1950.
    "The term 'Asiatic' has come to be regarded with disfavour by those to whom it is applied, and they feel entitled to be brought into line with usage in … more

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