Par·​si ˈpär-(ˌ)sē How to pronounce Parsi (audio)
variants or less commonly Parsee
: a Zoroastrian descended from Persian refugees settled principally at Mumbai (Bombay)
: the Iranian dialect of the Parsi religious literature

Examples of Parsi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Iran’s membership also undermines leverage Washington held over Tehran as a kind of global gatekeeper, said Trita Parsi of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Lynsey Chutel, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2023 For Parsi, however, the greatest danger lies in the fraying social fabric of Western liberal societies. Foreign Affairs, 19 Apr. 2022 Here's what that means for the Middle East Opposing interests proved too strong, Parsi said, and normalization never took place. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 14 June 2023 And, inspired by peace candidate Bernie Sanders, the left gained a hearing for its critiques of liberal internationalism since 1989, with figures such as Trita Parsi and Stephen Wertheim launching initiatives for a policy of restraint. Samuel Moyn, The New Republic, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Persian pārsī, from Pārs Persia

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Parsi was in 1583

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“Parsi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also Parsee
: a Zoroastrian descended from Persian refugees settled principally at Bombay

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