Definition of Iranian in English:



  • 1Relating to Iran or its people.

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


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

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