Persian

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English percynne, from Middle French persien, from Italian persiano, from Medieval Latin Persiānus, from Latin Persia, from Ancient Greek Περσίς (Persís), from Old Persian 𐎱𐎠𐎼𐎿 (Pārsa, Persia) (compare modern Persian پارس (Pārs)).

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Persian

  1. The Persian language, or a family of languages spoken primarily in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term "Farsi" (likely derived from the Iranian variety name for "Persian") has recently developed currency in English to refer to the Persian language, especially the variety spoken in Iran. Varieties of the Persian language, or languages included in the Persian family of languages spoken primarily in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, are called "Dari" in Afghanistan and "Tajik" or "Tajiki" in Tajikistan.

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Noun[edit]

Persian (plural Persians)

  1. A person from Persia.
  2. A person of Persian descent.
  3. (obsolete) An Iranian.
  4. A Persian cat.
  5. (Canada, chiefly northwest Ontario) A pastry local to the Thunder Bay region in Canada often compared to either a cinnamon bun or a donut topped with pink icing.
  6. A sheep of the Blackhead Persian breed.
  7. A thin silk fabric, formerly used for linings.
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Adjective[edit]

Persian (comparative more Persian, superlative most Persian)

  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Persia.
  2. Of or pertaining to the Persian people.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Persian language.

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Noun[edit]

Persian

  1. Genitive singular form of Persia.

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