1. Obsolete designating or of the Indo-European language family
3. of the Aryans
5. a person belonging to, or supposed to be a descendant of, the prehistoric peoples that spoke this languageAryan has no validity as an ethnological term, but it has been so used, notoriously by
the Nazis, to mean “a Caucasoid of non-Jewish descent,” “a person of Nordic descent,”
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Wortherkunft von 'Aryan'
< Sans āzya-
, noble (used as tribal name to distinguish from indigenous races) > Avestan airya-nam
, Iran1 noun:proper_name
; ? akin to Gr aristos
, best or Hittite arawa-,