Definition of Aryan
1. Noun. (according to Nazi doctrine) a Caucasian person of Nordic descent (and not a Jew).
2. Adjective. Of or relating to the former Indo-European people. "Indo-European migrations"
3. Noun. A member of the prehistoric people who spoke Proto-Indo European.
Definition of Aryan
1. n. One of a primitive people supposed to have lived in prehistoric times, in Central Asia, east of the Caspian Sea, and north of the Hindoo Koosh and Paropamisan Mountains, and to have been the stock from which sprang the Hindoo, Persian, Greek, Latin, Celtic, Teutonic, Slavonic, and other races; one of that ethnological division of mankind called also Indo-European or Indo-Germanic.
2. a. Of or pertaining to the people called Aryans; Indo-European; Indo-Germanic; as, the Aryan stock, the Aryan languages.
Definition of Aryan
1. Noun. (context theosophy Germanic mysticism nazism) A member of an (alleged) master race comprised of non-Jewish Caucasians, especially those of Nordic or Germanic descent. ¹
2. Noun. (context Nazi or white supremacist ideology informal) A person of Caucasian ethnicity; a white non-Jew. ¹
3. Noun. (chiefly US informal euphemistic) A Caucasian racist, often one who is an Aryan in the first sense. ¹
4. Noun. (dated) An Indo-European, a Proto-Indo-European. ¹
5. Noun. (dated) An Indo-Iranian. ¹
6. Noun. (context ethnography obsolete) A subdivision of the Caucasian race, which comprised the Aryans, the Semites, and the Hamites, or the accompanying linguistic subdivision. ¹
7. Adjective. Pertaining, in racial theories, to the (alleged) Aryan master race. ¹
8. Adjective. (context neo-Nazi or white supremacist ideology informal) Pertaining to the Caucasian ethnicity. ¹
9. Adjective. (US informal euphemistic) Pertaining to Caucasian racists or their organisations, theories, etc. ¹
10. Adjective. Of or pertaining to Indo-Iranian peoples, cultures, and languages. ¹
11. Adjective. (dated) Of or pertaining to Indo-European peoples, cultures and languages. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Medical Definition of Aryan
1. 1. One of a primitive people supposed to have lived in prehistoric times, in Central Asia, east of the Caspian Sea, and north of the Hindoo and Paropamisan Mountains, and to have been the stock from which sprang the Hindoo, Persian, Greek, Latin, Celtic, Teutonic, Slavonic, and other races; one of that ethnological division of mankind called also Indo-European or Indo-Germanic. 2. The language of the original Aryans. Alternative forms: Arian. Origin: Skr. Arya excellent, honorable; akin to the name of the country Iran, and perh. To Erin, Ireland, and the early name of this people, at least in Asia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)
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Literary usage of Aryan
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1921)
"The Spreading of the aryan-Speakers. § 2. Primitive aryan Life. § 3. ... As it spread widely, aryan began to differentiate into a number of subordinate ..."
2. The Historical Geography of Europe by Edward Augustus Freeman (1882)
"Whether we look at Europe now, or whether we look at it at the earliest times of which we have any glimmerings, it is pre- Europe an eminently an aryan ..."
3. Ancient Times, a History of the Early World: An Introduction to the Study of by James Henry Breasted (1916)
"The aryan people had no writing, and they have left no monuments. Nevertheless, the beliefs of their descendants show that the aryan tribes already ..."
4. Principles of English Etymology by Walter William Skeat (1892)
"Difficulty of interpreting these symbols, owing to the double values of the aryan G, K, and GH. § 102. Palatal and velar sounds of the aryan G. Explanation ..."
5. Cyclopaedia of Political Science, Political Economy, and of the Political by John Joseph Lalor (1883)
"The aryan races, considering the family аз an organic whole, clearly recognized in it a principle of continuity, connecting one generation with another, ..."
6. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by Sir William Wilson Hunter (1886)
"When we begin to catch historical glimpses of India, we find the countries even around the northern aryan centre ruled by non-aryan princes. ..."
7. The Contemporary Review (1892)
"And evidence abounds that, as time went on, aryan customs, traditions, and myths became more and more modified, or even displaced, by those of the non- ..."