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[pahr-see, pahr-see] /ˈpɑr si, pɑrˈsi/

an Indian Zoroastrian descended from Persian Zoroastrians who went to India in the 7th and 8th centuries to escape Muslim persecution.
the Middle Persian dialect of the Parsee scriptures.
an adherent of a monotheistic religion of Zoroastrian origin, the practitioners of which were driven out of Persia by the Muslims in the eighth century ad. It is now found chiefly in western India
of or relating to the Parsees or their religion

1610s, descendant of Zoroastrians who fled to India 7c.-8c. after Muslim conquest of Persia, from Old Persian parsi “Persian” (see Persian). In Middle English, Parsees meant “Persians.”


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