noun \ˈpär-(ˌ)sē\

Definition of PARSI

:  a Zoroastrian descended from Persian refugees settled principally at Mumbai (Bombay)
:  the Iranian dialect of the Parsi religious literature
Par·si·ism \-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Variants of PARSI

Par·si also Par·see \ˈpär-(ˌ)sē\

Origin of PARSI

Persian pārsī, from Pārs Persia
First Known Use: 1583

Rhymes with PARSI


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Zoroastrian of India. The Parsis, whose name means “Persians,” are descended from Persian Zoroastrians who immigrated to India to escape persecution by Muslims. The migration occurred sometime between the 8th and 10th century. The Parsis settled in Gujarat and became a farming community. When the British East India Co. took control of the region around Bombay (now Mumbai) in the late 17th century and established religious freedom, many Parsis moved there, and by the 19th century they had become a wealthy merchant class. The Parsis still live chiefly in the Mumbai area, though other Parsi communities exist in Bangalore, India, and Karachi, Pakistan. See also Zoroastrianism and Parsiism.

Variants of PARSI

Parsi or Parsee


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