Prepersian

Persian

[pur-zhuhn, -shuhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to ancient and recent Persia (now Iran), its people, or their language.
noun
2.
a member of the native peoples of Iran, descended in part from the ancient Iranians.
3.
a citizen of ancient Persia.
4.
an Iranian language, the principal language of Iran and western Afghanistan, in its historical and modern forms. Compare Old Persian, Pahlavi, Farsi.
5.
Architecture. a figure of a man used as a column.
6.
Persians, Persian blinds.

Origin:
1325–75; Persi(a) + -an; replacing Middle English Persien < Middle French; replacing Old English Persisc (see -ish1)

pre-Persian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Persian, adjective, noun
trans-Persian, adjective
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Persian (ˈpɜːʃən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to ancient Persia or modern Iran, their inhabitants, or their languages
 
n
2.  a native, citizen, or inhabitant of modern Iran; an Iranian
3.  a member of an Indo-European people of West Iranian speech who established a great empire in SW Asia in the 6th century bc
4.  Avestan Old Persian Pahlavi See also Farsi the language of Iran or Persia in any of its ancient or modern forms, belonging to the West Iranian branch of the Indo-European family

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Persian
c.1400, percynne (adj.), O.E. Perse (n.), both from L. *Persianus (the adj. via O.Fr. persien), from Persia "Persia," from Gk. Persis, from O.Pers. Parsa (cf. Pers. Fars, Heb. Paras, Arabic Faris). First record of Persian cat is 1821, in Lord Byron.
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