Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) the language of Persia (Iran) in any of its ancient forms
  2. (noun, person) a native or inhabitant of Iran
  3. (adj, pert) of or relating to Iran or its people or language or culture
    Iranian security police

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Synonyms of Persian

farsi, irani, iranian

Alternate forms of Persian

Derivations: persia, persian

Hyponyms: farsi

Hypernyms: asian, asiatic, iranian, iranian language

Origin of the word Persian

  1. c.1400, percynne (adj.), O.E. Perse (n.), both from L. *Persianus (the adj. via O.Fr. persien), from Persia "Persia," from Gk. Persis, from O.Pers. Parsa (cf. Pers. Fars, Heb. Paras, Arabic Faris). First record of Persian cat is 1821, in Lord Byron. more

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