Definition of Iranian in English:

Iranian

adjective

  • 1Relating to Iran or its people.

    • ‘Later in the afternoon I had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the Iranian director, through an interpreter.’
    • ‘The coolest thing I experienced in 2003 were the mountains of eastern Iraqi Kurdistan, near the Iranian border.’
    • ‘A number of companies are already involved in oil swaps with Iran in exchange for Iranian oil at its Persian Gulf export terminals.’
    • ‘Several times in the course of Persian history Shiraz became the Iranian capital.’
    • ‘However, Iranian authorities have accused foreign governments of failing to deliver on aid pledges made after the Bam quake.’
    • ‘They spoke to an Iranian professor of chemistry who was moving to Calgary to take a job at a university here.’
    • ‘Both men are of Iranian descent and have their own Farsi interpreter.’
    • ‘According to the Iranian authorities, tens of thousands of people are desperately in need of food, water and shelter after the most lethal quake in a decade.’
    • ‘If the operatives had come through Iran legally, there would have been Iranian stamps in their passports.’
    • ‘The representation of Iran and Iranian gender relations in Jafar Panahi's The Circle is an interesting case in point.’
    • ‘He was also clear that Iran's international interests must take precedence over those of Iranian allies in Syria and Lebanon.’
    • ‘One Iranian speaker asked why it had taken 24 years for people to show an interest in democracy for Iran.’
    • ‘Terry said he and Hachemi will speak to their Iranian lawyers and Canadian officials before deciding how to proceed.’
    • ‘But over dinner last night, I spoke to two Iranian women who gave me a very different perspective on life in modern Iran.’
    • ‘The Iranian people are ready and mature to establish democracy in Iran.’
    • ‘Years ago in New York City, I got into a taxi cab with an Iranian taxi driver, who could hardly speak English.’
    • ‘He's the son of the late Shah of Iran and the heir to the Iranian monarchy.’
    • ‘He was the perfect guide to Iran, at once making a mockery of Iranian hostility to the West and fiercely proud of his homeland.’
    • ‘Chista is an Iranian woman living in America who has returned to Iran to seek out an old boyfriend.’
    • ‘Most of the immigrants detained in Los Angeles, which has a large Iranian community, were from Iran.’
    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting the group of Indo-European languages that includes Persian (Farsi), Pashto, Avestan, and Kurdish.
      • ‘The Medes were an Indo-European people who spoke an Iranian language closely akin to old Persian.’
      • ‘The people of the area are mostly Tajiks, a Muslim ethnic minority who speak an Iranian language.’
      • ‘However, most of the people continued to speak in various Turkic or Iranian dialects.’

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of Iran, or a person of Iranian descent.

    • ‘Americans and Iranians have different ways of asserting themselves in a business relationship.’
    • ‘Since he is one of the most popular western pop singers in Iran, many Iranians have been following his music for years.’
    • ‘Depending on how you ask this question, Iranians inside or outside Iran may answer in different ways.’
    • ‘Both Ramezani and Yari noted that it's not only Iranians who are contributing to earthquake relief.’
    • ‘The Iranians are also strong, so it is going to be a pretty stiff race.’
    • ‘It's clear that Iranians yearn for an accountable government and real democracy.’
    • ‘What we know for sure is that, like the Iranians, Russian scientists are doing their best to save the sturgeon.’
    • ‘We've heard about talks between perhaps the Americans and the Iranians.’
    • ‘Can one expect the Iranians to open earnest dialogue with the Americans?’
    • ‘Any such ban would create outrage among the football-crazy Iranians.’
    • ‘The following year, it succeeded in attracting one-and-a-half million Iranians to public lectures.’
    • ‘Generations of young Iranians fled the country, often to the United States.’

Pronunciation:

Iranian

/ɪˈreɪnɪən//ɪˈrɑːnɪən/