Per·​sian | \ ˈpər-zhən How to pronounce Persian (audio) , especially British -shən \

Definition of Persian

1 : one of the people of Persia: such 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
2a : 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 : a thin soft silk formerly used especially for linings

Other Words from Persian

Persian adjective

First Known Use of Persian

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Persian was in the 14th century

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“Persian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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