Aryan

[air-ee-uh n, air-yuh n, ar-]
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noun

Ethnology. a member or descendant of the prehistoric people who spoke Indo-European.
(in Nazi doctrine) a non-Jewish Caucasian, especially of Nordic stock.
(formerly) Indo-European.
(formerly) Indo-Iranian.

adjective


Also Arian.

Origin of Aryan

1785–95; < Sanskrit ārya of high rank (adj.), aristocrat (noun) + -an

Related formsnon-Ar·y·an, noun, adjectivepre-Ar·y·an, adjectivepseu·do-Ar·y·an, adjective, noun

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Aryan

Arian

noun

(in Nazi ideology) a Caucasian of non-Jewish descent, esp of the Nordic type
a member of any of the peoples supposedly descended from the Indo-Europeans, esp a speaker of an Iranian or Indic language in ancient times

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of an Aryan or Aryans

adjective, noun

archaic Indo-European

Word Origin for Aryan

C19: from Sanskrit ārya of noble birth

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Word Origin and History for aryan

Aryan

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