Definition of Asiatic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌeɪʒɪˈatɪk//ˌeɪʃɪˈatɪk/


  • Relating to or deriving from Asia.

    ‘Asiatic coastal regions’
    • ‘When the first Spanish and Portuguese explorers arrived in the New World they found Asiatic chickens.’
    • ‘For a sunny bed, I've planted wide swaths of bearded iris, Asiatic lilies, and daylilies together, which becomes the mid-summer highlight of my garden.’
    • ‘Several European and Asiatic spruces have promise for use as Christmas trees in Ohio.’
    • ‘Geographically, the 500-square kilometre Kunopalpur forest, partly covered with grassland required for Asiatic Lion, is said to be more suitable for the lions.’
    • ‘Woolly mammoths grew to about the size of present-day Asiatic elephants, possessed warm coats consisting of long, brown guard hairs and soft underwool, large curved ivory tusks, and knob-like heads.’
    • ‘Though often pricier than Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies have such impact in the vase that just a stem or two go a long way!’
    • ‘As a rule, Asiatic lilies have tall, strong stems with 4-to 6-inch leaves radiating outward along the stem and clusters of flowers at the top.’
    • ‘Among the wildflowers, most of which bloom in April and May, are jack-in-the-pulpit, several kinds of violets, and Asiatic dayflower.’
    • ‘They asked about the differences between an African and Asiatic lion, about how a radio collar works and how the shrinking forests have affected the animals.’
    • ‘In the intervening years the ruble collapsed along with other Asiatic currencies.’
    • ‘Arna is a 46-year old Asiatic elephant who was transported to Australia as an orphan from Vietnam many decades ago.’
    • ‘The bamboo, apparently with some genetic memory of its roots in steamy Asiatic climes, was spreading ferociously, its roots stealthily undermining surrounding shrubs and sending up a multitude of shoots in their midst.’
    • ‘After receiving her master's degree, she headed to the University of Minnesota to undertake advanced studies on Asiatic bears in general and the Formosa black bear in particular.’
    • ‘Warman devotes most of the remainder of the book to tracing the history of corn in major areas of the world, dealing first with Asiatic locales.’
    • ‘The arrival of Asiatic cholera in Europe in 1830, against which quarantines proved singularly ineffective, heralded the demise of the system.’
    • ‘I've nearly done a long, leisurely Asiatic tale in which there are hardly any Englishmen.’
    • ‘The Asiatic lion once roamed the forests of Asia Minor, Arabia, Persia and India.’
    • ‘A few years later I was in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in India's Gujarat state, where the last remaining Asiatic lions live.’
    • ‘Fewer than 300 Asiatic lions are left in the wild - all concentrated in the same area, the Gir Forest in Gujarat, India - while only 200 live in captivity.’
    • ‘When the religion was established, its founders were influenced by Greek philosophy and Asiatic thought.’


  • An Asian person.


The standard and accepted term when referring to individual people is Asian rather than Asiatic, which can be offensive. However, Asiatic is standard in scientific and technical use, for example in biological and anthropological classifications


Via Latin Asiaticus from Greek Asiatikos, from Asia (see Asia).