- 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.
Origin of Parsee
1605–15; < Persian Pārsī Persian, equivalent to Pārs Persia + -ī suffix of appurtenance
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- 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
C17: from Persian Pārsī a Persian, from Old Persian Pārsa Persia
Word Origin and History for parsee
1610s, descendant of Zoroastrians who fled to India 7c.-8c. after Muslim conquest of Persia, from Old Persian parsi "Persian" (see Persian). In Middle English, Parsees meant "Persians."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper