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Pos: Adjective, Noun
[WORDNET DICTIONARY]

Noun aryan has 2 senses

1.  aryan(n = noun.person) - (according to Nazi doctrine) a Caucasian person of Nordic descent (and not a Jew);
is a kind of
caucasian, white, white person

2.  aryan(n = noun.person) indo-european - a member of the prehistoric people who spoke Proto-Indo European;
is a kind of primitive, primitive person
Derived form adjective aryan1


Adjective aryan has 1 senses

   aryan(a = adj.pert) indo-aryan, indo-european - of or relating to the former Indo-European people; "Indo-European migrations"
Derived form noun aryan2


[CIDE DICTIONARY]

aryan, n. [Skr. ārya 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.].

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 Hindu Kush and Paropamisan Mountains, and to have been the stock from which sprang the Hindu, Persian, Greek, Latin, Celtic, Teutonic, Slavonic, and other races; one of that ethnological division of mankind called also Indo-European or Indo-Germanic. [1913 Webster]

2.  The language of the original Aryans. [1913 Webster]

3.  a non-Jewish caucasian of Nordic stock; -- a classification used by Nazis, having no anthropological basis. [PJC]


aryan, a.

   Of or pertaining to the people called Aryans; Indo-European; Indo-Germanic; as, the Aryan stock, the Aryan languages. [1913 Webster]


[OXFORD DICTIONARY]

aryan, n. & adj.
--n.
1 a member of the peoples speaking any of the languages of the Indo-European (esp. Indo-Iranian) family.
2 the parent language of this family.
3 improperly. (in Nazi ideology) a Caucasian not of Jewish descent.
--adj. of or relating to Aryan or the Aryans.

Etymology:
Skr. aryas noble