- of, relating to, or characteristic of Parthia, its inhabitants, or their language.
Origin of Parthian
Examples from the Web for parthians
He advises Him to seek alliance with the Parthians, and promises his aid.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama
E. Cobham Brewer
Like the Parthians of Greek history it is most dangerous when in retreat.Preventable Diseases
And these were the honors that were paid Izates by the king of the Parthians.The Antiquities of the Jews
The Parthians were deluded by one of these impostors and offered to defend his cause.Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)
This palace the Parthians continue to occupy even at this time.
- of or relating to Parthia, a country in ancient Asia, or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Parthia
Word Origin and History for parthians
1520s, native or inhabitant of Parthia (ancient kingdom northeast of Persia in western Asia), from Old Persian Parthava- "Parthian," dialectal variant of the stem Parsa-, source of Persia.
As an adjective, 1580s. Phrase Parthian shot is in reference to their horsemen, who were expert at racing forward, turning, and shooting arrows backward at the moment of retreat. The exact phrase is attested by 1832; the image itself was in use long before (e.g. Parthian fight, 1630s).
Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight ["Cymbeline," Act I, Scene VII]