- of or relating to ancient and recent Persia (now Iran), its people, or their language.
- a member of the native peoples of Iran, descended in part from the ancient Iranians.
- a citizen of ancient Persia.
- an Iranian language, the principal language of Iran and western Afghanistan, in its historical and modern forms.Compare Old Persian, Pahlavi, Farsi.
- Architecture. a figure of a man used as a column.
- Persians. Persian blinds.
Origin of Persian
Examples from the Web for persian
Contemporary Examples of persian
In the south, the Gulf States view their Persian nuclear neighbor as a permanent archenemy.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
And the win was the puniest of the conflagrations, the Persian Gulf War.Can America Still Win Wars?
October 4, 2014
These are combined with aspects of the Zoroastrian religion, the ancient Persian faith still practiced in the region.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
The U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, has been dispatched to the Persian Gulf.U.S. Taps Old Allies for New Iraq War
June 19, 2014
The Persian frontier was the only firmly delineated border, asserted by mountains.Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
Historical Examples of persian
The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"Thank you, no," returned the Persian, with a faint smile of his own.A Night Out
His program was as simple as the curriculum of a Persian youth.Way of the Lawless
Clearly his fears had been realised, and he had had an attack of the Persian ague.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Next to him comes a light slate or blue Persian, with yellow eyes.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
- of or relating to ancient Persia or modern Iran, their inhabitants, or their languages
- a native, citizen, or inhabitant of modern Iran; an Iranian
- a member of an Indo-European people of West Iranian speech who established a great empire in SW Asia in the 6th century bc
- the language of Iran or Persia in any of its ancient or modern forms, belonging to the West Iranian branch of the Indo-European familySee also Avestan, Old Persian, Pahlavi 2, Farsi
Word Origin and History for persian
c.1400, percynne (adj.), Old English Perse (n.), both from Latin *Persianus (the adjective via Old French persien), from Persia "Persia" (see Persia). First record of Persian cat is from 1785.