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Asian

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Pronunciation: /ˈeɪʃ(ə)n
 
, -ʒ(ə)n/

Definition of Asian in English:

adjective

Relating to Asia or its people, customs, or languages.
Example sentences
  • I doubt whether Punjabi or the dozens of other Asian languages have this kind of importance.
  • There is a shortage of European language interpreters but no lack of Asian language speakers.
  • Similarly, my local library is full of books in Asian languages but no books in Gaelic.

noun

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A native of Asia or a person of Asian descent.
Example sentences
  • Note that I am in no way disrespecting Asia, Asians or Asian products with this name.
  • It's heartening that the finalists have included Asians, West Indians and Chinese.
  • It was also responsible for a gradual introduction of Indians and other Asians into British society.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin Asianus, from Greek Asianos, from Asia (see Asia).

Usage

In Britain Asian is generally used to refer to people who come from (or whose parents came from) India, Pakistan, or elsewhere in South Asia, while in North America it refers to people from China, Japan, and other countries of East Asia.

Derivatives

Asianness

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noun
Example sentences
  • If they had been, they surely would have been more concerned with religion, and even caste, than mere Asianness.
  • Though she masquerades in the fashions, make-up, and body language of white yuppies, her Asianness and her visceral discomfort read as distinctly as their whiteness.
  • Examining whiteness teaches us that the myths and stereotypes of whiteness go hand in hand with the myths and stereotypes of blackness, Asianness, or any other ethnicity.

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