variants: or Safavid \ səˈfäˌwēd \ or less commonly Safavi \ -​ä(ˌ)wē \
plural -s

Definition of Safawid

: a member of an Islamic Persian dynasty founded in 1502 by Shah Ismail

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First Known Use of Safawid

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Safawid

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

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“Safawid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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