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Iranian

[ih-rey-nee-uh n, ih-rah-, ahy-rey-] /ɪˈreɪ ni ən, ɪˈrɑ-, aɪˈreɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Iran, its inhabitants, or their language.
2.
of or relating to the Iranian languages.
noun
3.
a subbranch of the Indo-European family of languages, including especially Persian, Pashto, Avestan, and Kurdish.
4.
an inhabitant of Iran; Persian.
Also, Irani
[ih-ran-ee, ih-rah-nee, ahy-rey-] /ɪˈræn i, ɪˈrɑ ni, aɪˈreɪ-/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 4).
Origin of Iranian
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; Iran + -ian
Related forms
pro-Iranian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Iranian, adjective, noun
trans-Iranian, adjective
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  • No doubt there were germs in the early Iranian religion of a priestly system.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • Airja in Zend stood both for “honourable” and for the name of the Iranian, people.

  • By some it is regarded as a cluster of old Iranian crown jewels.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • It may be a copy of a European carpet, or some Indian or Iranian antique.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • Egyptian forms, compared with Semitic and Iranian forms, iii.

British Dictionary definitions for Iranian

Iranian

/ɪˈreɪnɪən/
noun
1.
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Iran
2.
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, divided into West Iranian (including Old Persian, Pahlavi, modern Persian, Kurdish, Baluchi, and Tajik) and East Iranian (including Avestan, Sogdian, Pashto, and Ossetic)
3.
Also Persian, Farsi. the modern Persian language
adjective
4.
relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Iran, its inhabitants, or their language; Persian
5.
belonging to or relating to the Iranian branch of Indo-European
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Word Origin and History for Iranian

1841 (adj.); 1873 (n.), from Iran + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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