noun Date: 14th century 1. one of the people of Persia: as a. one of the ancient Iranians who under Cyrus and his successors founded an empire in southwest Asia b. a member of one of the peoples forming the modern Iranian nationality 2. a. any of several Iranian languages dominant in Persia at different periods b. the modern language of Iran and western Afghanistan — see Indo-European languages table 3. a thin soft silk formerly used especially for linings 4. Persian catPersian adjective

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