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
b
: nordic
c
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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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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Cite this Entry

“Aryan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aryan. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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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