late 14c., "inhabitant of Asia (Minor)," from Latin Asianus (adjective and noun, "belonging to the province of Asia;" "an inhabitant of Asia"), from Greek Asianos, from Asia (see Asia). Ousted Asiatic as the preferred term in Britain c. 1950.
The term "Asiatic" has come to be regarded with disfavour by those to whom it is applied, and they feel entitled to be brought into line with usage in regard to Europeans, Americans and Australians. ["Times Literary Supplement," Feb. 6, 1953]
As an adjective in English, by 1690s.
1. In many respects Asian women see themselves as equal to their men.
2. The Afro-Asian nations had approved the basic general principles of non-alignment.
3. He was highly praised, and deservedly so, by the Asian Times.
4. The centre has a remit to advise Asian businesses and entrepreneurs.
5. Like working women anywhere, Asian women are buying convenience foods.