or Par·si

[ pahr-see, pahr-see ]
/ ˈpɑr si, pɑrˈsi /


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 + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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 FormsParseeism, noun

Word Origin for Parsee

C17: from Persian Pārsī a Persian, from Old Persian Pārsa Persia
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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."

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