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. A family of languages spoken primarily in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Persian is the name applied to the official language of Iran. Varieties of this language are also spoken in Tajikistan and some parts of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. The variety spoken in Afghanistan is called Dari, and the variety spoken in Tajikistan is called Tajik or Tajiki.
  • The term Farsi (the local name for Persian) has recently developed currency in English to refer to the Persian language, especially the variety spoken in Iran.

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Noun[edit]

Persian (plural Persians)

  1. The Persian language.
  2. A person from Persia.
  3. A person of Persian descent.
  4. A historical synonym for Iranian.
  5. A Persian cat.
  6. (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.
  7. A breed of sheep prized for its lambs' wool.
  8. A thin silk fabric, formerly used for linings.
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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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Persian

  1. Genitive singular form of Persia.

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