Definition of orientalia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɔːrɪɛnˈteɪlɪə/

plural noun

Books and other items relating to or characteristic of the Orient.
Example sentences
  • Probably because it's an early work, its influences sound out rather clearly: early Stravinsky, Soviet Prokofieff, Borodinish orientalia, and here and there a bit of Blochian meditation.
  • His music is very much of its time, and I should say it has, in its extra-musical concerns of orientalia, hothouse sex, and Celtic twilight, links to the literary Decadents of the Victorian Eighties and Nineties.
  • He paid meticulous attention to the warmer sonorities without letting the tinkly orientalia (especially in the Ping, Pang, Pong scenes) obscure the predominantly smooth melodic contours.


Early 20th century: from Latin, neuter plural of orientalis 'oriental'.

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