Parthian
Parthian Par"thi*an, a. Of or pertaining to ancient Parthia, in Asia. -- n. A native of Parthia. [1913 Webster]

{Parthian arrow}, an arrow discharged at an enemy when retreating from him, as was the custom of the ancient Parthians; hence, a parting shot. [1913 Webster]


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  • Parthian — (n.) 1520s, native or inhabitant of Parthia (ancient kingdom northeast of Persia in western Asia), from O.Pers. Parthava Parthian, dialectal variant of the stem Parsa , source of PERSIA (Cf. Persia). As an adjective, 1580s. Phrase Parthian shot… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Parthian — I noun 1. a native or inhabitant of Parthia • Hypernyms: ↑Asian, ↑Asiatic • Member Holonyms: ↑Parthia 2. the Iranian language spoken in the Parthian kingdom (250 BC to AD 226) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Parthian — adjective Date: 1565 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient Parthia or its people 2. relating to, being, or having the effect of a shot fired while in real or feigned retreat • Parthian noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Parthian — 1. adjective /ˈpɑːθɪən/ a) Relating to Parthia or Parthians. A Parthian shot. b) Delivered as if in retreat. 2. noun /ˈpɑːθɪən/ a) A native or inhabitant of Parthia …   Wiktionary

  • Parthian — /pahr thee euhn/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Parthia. 2. an Iranian language of ancient and medieval Parthia. adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Parthia, its inhabitants, or their language. [1520 30; PARTHI(A) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Parthian — ISO 639 3 Code : xpr ISO 639 2/B Code : ISO 639 2/T Code : ISO 639 1 Code : Scope : Individual Language Type : Ancient …   Names of Languages ISO 639-3

  • Parthian — Par·thi·an || pɑːθjÉ™n adj. of or pertaining to to the ancient country of Parthia or its inhabitants; of or pertaining to the language of Parthia n. resident or citizen of the ancient country of Parthia n. language of the ancient country of… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Parthian — [ pα:θɪən] noun a native or inhabitant of Parthia, an ancient kingdom which lay SE of the Caspian Sea. adjective relating to Parthia …   English new terms dictionary

  • parthian — par·thi·an …   English syllables

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