Definition of non-Aryan in English:



  • 1A person who is not Aryan or of Aryan descent.

    • ‘The citizens of the Indus Valley were not wholly homogenous non-Aryans or Dravidians but were a mixed ethnic population.’
    • ‘They lowered the non-Aryans to below the level of humans - they were pitiful, pathetic creatures, scavenging for scraps, begging.’
    • ‘But, at the main entrance to the museum there hung a large sign which forbade non-Aryans from entering this institute!’
    • ‘Contrary to this, on the basis of new evidences, Romila Thapar observed that in the Indus valley, plough agriculture was practiced and that the non-Aryan knew the plough.’
    • ‘Further, like Tara, she accepts her husband's enemy and brother as spouse, either at Rama's behest or because it was the custom among the non-Aryans for the new ruler to wed the enthroned queen.’
    1. 1.1 (in Nazi ideology) a person who is not of Caucasian race, especially one of Jewish descent.
      • ‘However, there was an exemption clause which, among others, exempted non-Aryans who had been in post before 1914.’
      • ‘In the 20th century, the Nazis used craniometry and anthropometry to distinguish Aryans from non-Aryans.’
      • ‘The Nazis considered their Aryan race superior over others and systematically attempted to kill non-Aryans, intellectuals and anybody who would denounce them.’
      • ‘The University certainly appeared in no rush to expel Kropelin and it has even been suggested that two other professors, who were married to non-Aryans, were never dismissed.’
      • ‘Decisions at the Nuremberg party congress in the autumn of 1935 made it clear that non-Aryans would no longer be able to keep their posts even if they had served in World War I.’


  • (of a person or language) not Aryan or of Aryan descent.

    • ‘This is the name of a non-Aryan people mentioned in early Buddhist and Jain records.’
    • ‘They seem to contain many popular beliefs and customs, perhaps as practiced by the non-Aryan locals, and were later accepted by the aristocracy and the priestly class.’
    • ‘Romila Thapar has confirmed that, the more commonly used word for the plough in Vedic literature is of non-Aryan etymology.’
    • ‘Some scholars see Rudra as originally a non-Aryan fertility god of the Indus Valley, a god whose symbol was the bull and who is sometimes depicted in the posture of a yogi.’
    • ‘Bangladeshis are primarily descendants of the non-Aryan inhabitants of the region.’