[ par-uh-sang ]

  1. an ancient Persian unit of distance, equal to about 3.5 miles (5.6 km).

Words Nearby parasang Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use parasang in a sentence

  • A parasang varies in length; in some parts of Persia it measures thirty, in others fifty furlongs.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • The trench was carried inland through the plain, twelve parasang's distance, to the wall of Media .

    Anabasis | Xenophon
  • According to current understanding of "parasang," the former is more nearly correct.

  • September 8, I roused the people, and had a delightful ride of one parasang to Shurour, distant four parasangs from Khok.

  • The measure of the hour was the parasang (3/4 of a geographical mile), and the thirtieth part of the parasang was the stadium.

British Dictionary definitions for parasang


/ (ˈpærəˌsæŋ) /

  1. a Persian unit of distance equal to about 5.5 km or 3.4 miles

Origin of parasang

C16: via Latin and Greek from a Persian word related to modern Persian farsang

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