Proper Noun

  • Usually preceded by the: Alternate spelling of Orient




  • To build or place (something) so as to face eastward.
  • To align or place (a person or object) so that his, her, or its east side, north side, etc., is positioned toward the corresponding points of the compass; to rotate (a map attached to a plane table) until the line of direction between any two of its points is parallel to the corresponding direction in nature.
  • To direct towards or point at a particular direction.
  • To determine which direction one is facing.
  • To familiarize (oneself or someone) with a circumstance or situation.
  • To set the focus of (something) so as to appeal or relate to a certain group.
  • To change direction to face a certain way.


  • The noun is derived from Middle English orient, oriente, oryent, oryente, oryentte, borrowed from Anglo-Norman orient, oriente, and Old French orient (modern French orient), or directly from its etymon Latin oriēns, present active participle of orior, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃er-.
  • The adjective is derived from Middle English orient, from Middle English orient; see above.
  • The verb is derived from French orienter from French orient (see above) + -er.

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