What is Persian?

  • (noun): A native or inhabitant of Iran.
    Example: "The majority of Irani are Persian Shiite Muslims"
    Synonyms: Irani, Iranian
    See also — Additional definitions below


Persian means of, from, or related to Persia (Iran), or the Persian-speaking world. See:

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Derbent - History
... the 8th century BCE the site was intermittently controlled by the Persian monarchs, starting from the 6th century BCE ... The modern name is a Persian word (دربند Darband) meaning "closed gates", which came into use in the end of the 5th or the beginning of the 6th century CE, when the city was re-established by Kavadh I of ... Movses Kagankatvatsi wrote about "the wondrous walls, for whose construction the Persian kings exhausted our country, recruiting architects and collecting building ...
Battle Of Gaugamela - Aftermath
... After the battle, Parmenion rounded up the Persian baggage train while Alexander and his own bodyguard pursued Darius ... In all, it was a disastrous defeat for the Persians and one of Alexander's finest victories ... At this point, the Persian Empire was divided into two halves–East and West ...
Ghōr Province
... Ghōr (Pashto غور) (Persian غور‎), also spelled Ghowr or Ghur, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan ... The name "Ghor" is a cognate to Avestan gairi-, Sanskrit giri- and Middle Persian gar, in modern Persian koh-, Sogdian gor-/gur-, in later developed ...
Dagestan - Toponymy
... The word Dagestan is of Turkic and Persian origin ... Dag means 'mountain' and -stan is a Persian suffix meaning 'land' ... Dagestan used to be called Kohestan in Persian (mountainous place) and Arabized as Ghahestan ...
Battle Of Gaugamela - Size of Persian Army - Modern Estimates
... Estimate Peltasts 10,000 30,000 Cavalry 12,000 40,000 Persian Immortals 10,000 10,000 Bactrian Cavalry 1,000 2,000 Archers 1,500 1,500 Scythed chariots 200 ... War elephants 15 ... Total 52,930 87,000 Some ancient ... However, it is possible that the Persian army could have numbered over 100,000 men ... Hans Delbrück however estimates the number of Persian cavalry at 12,000 because of management issues and Persian infantry (peltast) less than that of the Macedonian heavy infantry and the Greek ...

More definitions of "Persian":

  • (adj): Of or relating to Iran or its people or language or culture.
    Synonyms: Iranian
  • (noun): The language of Persia (Iran) in any of its ancient forms.
    Synonyms: Farsi

Famous quotes containing the word persian:

    Oh! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship, till in the sacramental act so burned by thee, that to this hour I bear the scar; I now know thee, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship is defiance. To neither love nor reverence wilt thou be kind; and e’en for hate thou canst but kill; and all are killed. No fearless fool now fronts thee.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    If one doubts whether Grecian valor and patriotism are not a fiction of the poets, he may go to Athens and see still upon the walls of the temple of Minerva the circular marks made by the shields taken from the enemy in the Persian war, which were suspended there. We have not far to seek for living and unquestionable evidence. The very dust takes shape and confirms some story which we had read.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The threadbare trees, so poor and thin,
    They are no wealthier than I;
    But with as brave a core within
    They rear their boughs to the October sky.
    Poor knights they are which bravely wait
    The charge of Winter’s cavalry,
    Keeping a simple Roman state,
    Discumbered of their Persian luxury.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)