[ pahr-see, pahr-see ]
/ ˈpɑr si, pɑrˈsi /
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an Indian Zoroastrian descended from Persian Zoroastrians who went to India in the 7th and 8th centuries to escape Muslim persecution.
the Middle Persian dialect of the Parsee scriptures.
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Origin of Parsee
First recorded in 1605–15; from Persian Pārsī “a Persian; Persian language,” equivalent to Pārs Persia (from Old Persian Pārsā) + -ī a suffix indicating relationship or origin
Words nearby Parsee
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British Dictionary definitions for Parsee
/ (ˈpɑːsiː) /
an adherent of a monotheistic religion of Zoroastrian origin, the practitioners of which were driven out of Persia by the Muslims in the eighth century ad . It is now found chiefly in western India
of or relating to the Parsees or their religion
Derived forms of ParseeParseeism, noun
Word Origin for Parsee
C17: from Persian Pārsī a Persian, from Old Persian Pārsa Persia
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