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Dictionary Definition

Persian adj : of or relating to Iran or its people or language or culture; "Iranian mountains"; "Iranian security police" [syn: Iranian]


1 a native or inhabitant of Iran; "the majority of Irani are Persian Shiite Muslims" [syn: Irani, Iranian]
2 the language of Persia (Iran) in any of its ancient forms [syn: Farsi]

User Contributed Dictionary

wikibooks Persian see persian



From percynne < persien < *Persianus < Persia < sc=polytonic < Pārsa


Proper noun

  1. A group of very similar languages spoken primarily in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.

Usage notes

  • Persian is the name applied to the official language of Iran. This language is also spoken in Tajikistan and some parts of Afghanistan.
  • The name "Farsi" (the local name for Persian) has developed currency in English to refer to the dialect spoken in Iran. Afghans usually call it Dari, and the version spoken in Tajikistan is called Tajiki Persian or simply Tajiki.



  1. A member of the main ethnic group of Iran.
  2. A breed of cat.
  3. A pastry local to the Thunder Bay region in Canada often compared to either a cinnamon bun or a donut topped with pink icing.


See also


member of ethnic group
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (rén)
  • Czech: Peršan
  • Danish: perser
  • Dutch: Pers, Perzische
  • Finnish: farsi
  • German: Perser , Perserin
  • Greek: Πέρσης, Περσίδα
  • Italian: persiano
  • Persian: (fârs), (fârsi), (pârsi), (irâni)
  • Polish: Pers
  • Portuguese: persa
  • Russian: перс (pers) , персиянка (persijánka)
breed of cat


  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Persia.
  2. Of or pertaining to the Persian people.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Persian language.



from or pertaining to Persia
pertaining to the Persian people
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (rénde)
  • Danish: persisk
  • Dutch: Perzisch
  • Finnish: persialainen
  • German: persisch
  • Greek: περσικός
  • Italian: persiano
  • Japanese: ペルシア人の (Perushiajin no)
  • Polish: perski
  • Portuguese: persa, pérsico
  • Russian: персидский
pertaining to the Persian language

Extensive Definition

Persian may refer to several words relating to Persia or Iran

Other uses

Persian in Arabic: فارس
Persian in Bulgarian: Персия
Persian in Catalan: Pèrsia
Persian in German: Persien
Persian in Spanish: Persa
Persian in French: Persan (homonymie)
Persian in Italian: Persiano
Persian in Korean: 페르시아
Persian in Dutch: Perzië
Persian in Portuguese: Persa
Persian in Thai: เปอร์เซีย
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