variants or Safavid
or less commonly Safavi
plural -s
: a member of an Islamic Persian dynasty founded in 1502 by Shah Ismail

Word History


Safawid, Safavid from Arabic ṣafawīy descended from Ṣafī-al-Dīn (from Ṣafī-al-Dīn †1334 Persian saint of Arab lineage) + English -id; Safavi from Arabic ṣafawīy

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Safawid was in 1888

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“Safawid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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