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Aryan

[ air-ee-uhn, air-yuhn, ar- ]
/ ˈɛər i ən, ˈɛər yən, ˈær- /
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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
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Also Ar·i·an [air-ee-uhn, ar‐] /ˈɛər i ən, ˈær‐/ .

Origin of Aryan

First recorded in 1785–95; from Sanskrit ārya “of high rank” (adjective), “aristocrat” (noun) + -an

OTHER WORDS FROM Aryan

non-Ar·y·an, noun, adjectivepre-Ar·y·an, adjectivepseu·do-Ar·y·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Aryan

Aryan

Arian

/ (ˈɛərɪən) /

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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