occidental adj : denoting or characteristic of countries of Europe and the Western Hemisphere; "occidental civilization"; "Hesperian culture" [syn: Hesperian]
1 a native inhabitant of the Occident
2 an artificial language
EtymologyThe 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.
- Of, pertaining to, or situated in, the occident, or west; western; – opposed to oriental; as, occidental climates, or customs; an occidental planet.
- Possessing inferior hardness, brilliancy, or beauty; – used of inferior precious stones and gems, because those found in the Orient are generally superior.
- Western Christian of the Latin rite
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:
occidental in French: Occidental
occidental in Japanese: オクシデンタル
occidental in Volapük: Occidental (Telplänov)
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