[ ih-rey-nee-uhn, ih-rah-, ahy-rey- ]

  1. of or relating to Iran, its inhabitants, or their language.

  2. of or relating to the Iranian languages.

  1. a subbranch of the Indo-European family of languages, including especially Persian, Pashto, Avestan, and Kurdish.

  2. an inhabitant of Iran; Persian.

Origin of Iranian

First recorded in 1835–45; Iran + -ian
  • Also I·ra·ni [ih-ran-ee, ih-rah-nee, ahy-rey-] /ɪˈræn i, ɪˈrɑ ni, aɪˈreɪ-/ (for defs. 1, 4).

Other words from Iranian

  • an·ti-I·ra·ni·an, adjective, noun
  • pro-I·ra·ni·an, adjective, noun
  • pseu·do-I·ra·ni·an, adjective, noun
  • trans-I·ra·ni·an, adjective

Words Nearby Iranian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Iranian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Iranian


/ (ɪˈreɪnɪən) /

  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)

  1. Also: Persian, Farsi the modern Persian language

  1. relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Iran, its inhabitants, or their language; Persian

  2. belonging to or relating to the Iranian branch of Indo-European

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