[puh-rizh-uh n, -ree-zhuh n, -riz-ee-uh n]


a native or inhabitant of Paris, France.


of, relating to, or characteristic of Paris, France.

Origin of Parisian

From the French word parisien, dating back to 1520–30. See Paris, -ian
Related formsPa·ri·sian·ly, adverbnon-Pa·ri·sian, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parisian

Contemporary Examples of parisian

Historical Examples of parisian

  • He has lived so long in the Quarter he looks at life from the Parisian angle.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • It was composed of a few overturned omnibuses; for the true Parisian is a cynic.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • We ended by waltzing, first in the Polish, and afterwards in the Parisian manner.

  • This, you know, like scarlet to the bull, is sufficient to enrage the Parisian pit.

  • Perhaps you feel that a Parisian adventure mightn't please your—your relatives?

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

British Dictionary definitions for parisian



of or relating to Paris or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Paris
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Word Origin and History for parisian


1520s (n.), 1610s (adj.), from French parisien, from Medieval Latin parisianus (see Paris). Fem. form Parisienne (n.) is attested from 1886.

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