A nicer way to say Iranian. Used by those who are afraid of what others might think of their culture. It would be like a Syrian calling him/herself Phoenician or someone from the Czech Republic referring to their country as Czechoslovakia.
1) Even though I am or my family is from Iran, a middle-eastern country, I'm going to hide my heritage by calling myself the less offensive and more exotic-sounding name of a dead empire that once controlled my present-day country. That way, ignorant, narrow-minded, uneducated fools won't judge me with bias and I can blend in with society. I'll let them hate on the Middle-Easterns that are proud of their countries instead.

2) You're Iranian, not Persian...unless you were born there before 1935...get over it...
by DeezNutzzzz November 03, 2008
-One of the oldest languages. An Indo-European language driven from Avestan and Sanskrit.
-Also referred to a person who speaks the modern Persian, also known as Parsi or Farsi.
-Also race of the royal cats, with long hair, usually white, short legs and elegant noises. Persian Cat is originally comes from Iran(former Persia).
-Persian people may have very variant complication depend on what part of the country they originally come from: The Persians from the north (Caspian coast) tend to have a fair complication with blond or light/mild brown hair and blue/green/hazzle eyes, Persians from central regions normally have fair skin and dark hair, Persians from the south and south east usually have olive complication. becaue the climate differes radicly from the extrem cold in the north to extrem heat in the south. very moist in northen forests and very dry in central desert.
There are more poems in Persian than any other languages in the world. And Iran has more poets than any other nation, even China.
by Sam December 14, 2003
Unfortunately Persians as well as everyone else from the the middle east are now the "next" black people. all people are now using deragetory words against persians and middle easterners.
towel head

sand nigger sand nigga sand-nigger sand-nigga sandnigger sandnigga

dune coon

dot head

camel jockey

those are just some racial insults against middle easterners, indians, and persians
by aguynamedandy September 24, 2005
A race of people from the Middle East that are ashamed of the actual country they come from. They use the term "Persian" because the world generally frowns on "Iranian" or "Iraqi" after 9/11.
Persians generally move to the U.S. while the entire family lives in the same house. They purchase expensive cars and clothes to show how "rich" they are.
Persians are easily spotted by the slick black hair, uni-brow, dark-complexion and INTENSE fragrance of cologne.
Persians may also be dressed in clothes that may look rediculous to one that is not accustomed to Persians, like black shirts with shiny gold images on them, mirror sun glasses and tight jeans with the trademark "artificial worn look" on the front.

Warning: Never try to sell anything to a Persian. Their overly-aggressive haggling will overwhelm a non-Persian. If you must, raise the price by 20% before and let them feel proud of how amazing they are at bargaining when you give them 10% off. They will feel like the Sultan of Persia, you will have made them paid more just for giving you such a hard time.

Iteresting Fact:
Some Persians males will go as far as to say they are "Italian" or "European" just to bang stupid white chicks because their family will never allow the banging of a non-Persian.
I was trying to sell my TV to this Persian guy. It took me 2 hours of his haggling to get me down to $150. I was going to sell it for $125, but when I saw he was Persian, I knew I was in for a ride.
by Ape Creature March 08, 2011
Same thing as Iranian.

A person that is from Iran. A person who has an Iranian background.

The main Persian religion is Islam, and the other religion right behind it is Judaism. There are few Christian Persians.

According to the U.S. government, all Persians as well as all of the Middle Easterners are classified as white (yes, even Indians), even though they really aren't. They should be classified as Middle Eastern.

The Persian Muslims are desendents of Indo-Europeans, or the Aryans, and they were white. But look at them, Persian Muslims don't have pale skin anymore (they are tan, and brown, possibly near black!), they don't have blonde hair anymore (its dark brown and black), and their eyes are brown and black now (not hazel and blue). They ARE NOT Arab!! They speak Farsi.

The Persian Jews, unlike Persian Muslims, are desendents of the Hebrews from Ancient Israel, and they are very close to the Arabs, but they are NOT Europeans. The Persian Jews are are NOT Aryan. They look the same as the Muslims from Iran, they are exactly the same, except of the religions and ancestory. But the same. Their skin colors are tan and brown as well. And NO, Persian Jews aren't cheap (ALL PERSIANS ARE CHEAP AT TIMES), and a lot of Persians need nose jobs themselves, not just the stereotypical "big-nosed" Jew. They speak the same Farsi as Persian Muslims.
Being Persian is the same exact same thing as being Iranian.
by aguynamedandy September 17, 2005
A typical persian(from Iran, prounounced eeron, not i ran) is always late to everything, lives in a nice area (like Beverly Hills), drives a Mercedes or BMW, has a lot of money. Often times, persians have accents that inhibit them from properly pronouncing the letter "w," and therefore they replace it with "v". Persian guys are known to be hairy on every part of their body except the top of their head, and wear a lot of cologne. Persian girls are very "clicky" and tend to dress in all black black. Brand names are a MUST. Also, a typical trend is the older they are, the blonder they are. It all starts with highlights, and then turns into blonde! (only for some persians...typically persian girls.)
PS most persians want to go to UCLA and become doctors or lawyers or successful business men/women.
by Navid - Da IzRaNiAn March 01, 2005
Persian = An ethinic group (roughly 50% of the population) living in Iran.

Iran = (Literally) land of the Aryans = Persia after 1935

Aryan, literally means an excellent or honorable person;

One of a primitive people supposed to have lived in pre-historic 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.

Indo-Aryan: A member of one of the native races of India of Aryan speech and blood, characterized by tall stature, dolichocephaly (long head), fair complexion with dark hair and eyes, plentiful beard, and narrow and prominent nose.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (from before WWI)


Notes: Many of the Nazi leaders (Goebbels, Himmler, Speers, Rommel, Goering, Hess, Frank, etc.) were themselves brunettes. On the other hand, many of the Jews that were persecuted were whiter-skinned than many of the Nazi leaders:

"... Nevertheless, such theorists usually accepted that considerable variety of hair and eye colour existed even within the racial categories they recognised. Contrary to a popular myth, the Nazis themselves did not discriminate against Aryans who were not blond or blue-eyed, or had only one of these features. Adolf Hitler and most Nazi officials (not to mention most Germans at the time) had dark hair and were considered to be Aryans."

From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_race
Persian nowadays refers to an ethnic group (some members of which have been mixed with other groups such as Turks and Arabs) living in Iran. Iranian However, is a name referring to the nationality of all the people living in, or originated from the country.
by Mark Ar. May 01, 2006

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