Aryan

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adjective

Ary·​an ˈa-rē-ən How to pronounce Aryan (audio)
ˈer-ē-;
ˈär-yən How to pronounce Aryan (audio)
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: of or relating to a hypothetical ethnic type illustrated by or descended from early speakers of Indo-European languages
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: nordic
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used in Nazism to designate a supposed master race of non-Jewish Caucasians usually having Nordic features
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: of or relating to Indo-Iranian or its speakers

Aryan

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noun

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: nordic
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Examples of Aryan in a Sentence

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Adjective
But Robert — who was hospitalized by mob bozos at the end of season two — goes rogue during the raid on the Aryan compound and blows the whole place up. Noel Murray, Vulture, 2 June 2024 The Nazis targeted anyone identified as a threat to their ideal of a pure Aryan race including Jews, their defenders, LQBTQ, Blacks, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Romas, and mentally and physically disabled. Letters To The Editor, Hartford Courant, 31 May 2024 But Hitler wanted a war in Europe for its own sake and to demonstrate the superiority of the Aryan race. Margaret MacMillan, Foreign Affairs, 29 Mar. 2022 The Thule Society traced the Aryan race to a lost continent made of ice, while the Tannenberg Foundation, founded by General Erich Ludendorff, sought relief from the exigencies of modern life in the forests outside Munich by lighting bonfires and sacrificing horses in honor of Thor. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 22 Apr. 2024 Nazi race theorists took these ideas one step further by fixing the Indo-European homeland in northern Germany proper, propelling fantasies of a fresh wave of Aryan conquest. Maya Jasanoff, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 All are compromised, including the quintessential Aryan hero, Siegfried, who doesn’t show up until later in the cycle. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 Other scenes show Nazi officers shooting people and arresting a couple for breaking the laws forbidding relationships between Aryan and Jewish Germans. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 Juliet enters the church looking like some kind of Aryan virgin princess. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Sanskrit ārya noble, belonging to an ancient people of northern India speaking an Indo-European dialect

First Known Use

Adjective

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aryan was in 1839

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“Aryan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aryan. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

Aryan

noun
Ary·​an
ˈar-ē-ən,
ˈer-,
ˈär-yən
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: a member of the subgroup of Indo-European speakers ancestral to speakers of Indo-Aryan and Iranian languages
Aryan adjective

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