From Persian دری (darī), of disputed origin, probably from دربار (darbār) meaning royal court. The use of the name 'Dari' in English is a recent development, the language formerly being known as 'Persian' to English speakers.
- Rhymes: -ɑːri
- A variety of Middle Persian, the court language of the late Sassanid period and of classical Persian poetry.
- The dialect of the Persian language as spoken by approximately one-half of the population in Afghanistan; also referred to as Eastern Persian, Afghan Persian, or simply Persian.
- A language of the Central Iranian family spoken by up to 15,000 people (mostly Zoroastrians) in the Yazd and Kerman areas, also known as Gabri or Gabar.
variety of Middle Persian