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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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