Persian, n. & adj.
1 a a native or inhabitant of ancient or modern Persia (now Iran). b a person of Persian descent.
2 the language of ancient Persia or modern Iran.
Persian carpet (or rug) a carpet or rug of a traditional pattern made in Persia. Persian lamb the silky tightly curled fur of a young karakul, used in clothing.
With modern reference the preferred terms are Iranian and Farsi.
3 (in full Persian cat) a a cat of a breed with long silky hair and a thick tail. b this breed.
--adj. of or relating to Persia or its people or language.
ME f. OF persien f. med.L