Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Persian

play
noun Per·sian \ˈpər-zhən, especially British -shən\

Definition of Persian

  1. 1 :  one of the people of Persia: as a :  one of the ancient Iranians who under Cyrus and his successors founded an empire in southwest Asia b :  a member of one of the peoples forming the modern Iranian nationality

  2. 2 a :  any of several Iranian languages dominant in Persia at different periods b :  the modern language of Iran and western Afghanistan — see indo-european languages table

  3. 3 :  a thin soft silk formerly used especially for linings

  4. 4 :  persian cat

Persian adjective


14th Century

First Known Use of persian

14th century

Rhymes with persian



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Persian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift pince-nez duvet kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ