Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to Parthia or its people, language, or culture.
  • adj. Delivered in or as if in retreat: "a Parthian volley of expletives from Uncle Billy” ( Bret Harte).
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Parthia.
  • n. The Iranian language of the Parthians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to Parthia or Parthians.
  • adj. Delivered as if in retreat. (An allusion to the Parthian battle tactic of firing arrows backwards from horseback while apparently in retreat.)
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Parthia.
  • n. An extinct Western Iranian language that was spoken in Parthia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to ancient Parthia, in Asia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Parthia, an ancient region in Persia, which from the third century b. c. to the third century a. d. formed the nucleus of an important Asiatic kingdom.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Parthia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pertaining to Parthia or its people or language or culture
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Parthia
  • n. the Iranian language spoken in the Parthian kingdom (250 BC to AD 226)

Etymologies

From Parthia +‎ -an. (Wiktionary)

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