AskDefine | Define occidental

Dictionary Definition

occidental adj : denoting or characteristic of countries of Europe and the Western Hemisphere; "occidental civilization"; "Hesperian culture" [syn: Hesperian]

Noun

1 a native inhabitant of the Occident
2 an artificial language

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English

Etymology

The term comes from the Latin word occidentem meaning the "western sky, part of the sky in which the sun sets." http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=occident&searchmode=none And like the term western, it is often used only to refer to things of or pertaining to France and England, and later came to include United States and Canada.

Adjective

occidental
  1. Of, pertaining to, or situated in, the occident, or west; western; – opposed to oriental; as, occidental climates, or customs; an occidental planet.
  2. Possessing inferior hardness, brilliancy, or beauty; – used of inferior precious stones and gems, because those found in the Orient are generally superior.

Translations

of the occident:

Noun

  1. Western Christian of the Latin rite

French

Etymology

From occidentalis.

Adjective

  1. occidental

Spanish

Adjective

  1. western

Antonyms

Extensive Definition

Occidental means generally "western". It is a traditional designation (especially when capitalized) for anything belonging to the Occident or "West" (for Europe and the New World), and especially of its Western culture.
Occidental may also refer to:

See also

occidental in French: Occidental
occidental in Japanese: オクシデンタル
occidental in Volapük: Occidental (Telplänov)

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