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[puh-rizh-uh n, -ree-zhuh n, -riz-ee-uh n] /pəˈrɪʒ ən, -ˈri ʒən, -ˈrɪz i ən/
a native or inhabitant of Paris, France.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Paris, France.
Origin of Parisian
From the French word parisien, dating back to 1520-30. See Paris, -ian
Related forms
Parisianly, adverb
non-Parisian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • He has lived so long in the Quarter he looks at life from the Parisian angle.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • It was composed of a few overturned omnibuses; for the true Parisian is a cynic.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • We ended by waltzing, first in the Polish, and afterwards in the Parisian manner.

  • This, you know, like scarlet to the bull, is sufficient to enrage the Parisian pit.

  • Perhaps you feel that a Parisian adventure mightn't please your—your relatives?

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for Parisian


of or relating to Paris or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Paris
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Parisian

1520s (n.), 1610s (adj.), from French parisien, from Medieval Latin parisianus (see Paris). Fem. form Parisienne (n.) is attested from 1886.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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