Definition of Sassanian in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈsānēən/
(also Sasanian or Sassanid /səˈsänid/ /-ˈsan-/ /ˈsasənid/)


Relating to a dynasty that ruled Persia from the early 3rd century ad until the Arab Muslim conquest of 651.
Example sentences
  • Syria and Egypt were part of the Byzantine Empire; Iraq was ruled by Sassanid Persia.
  • The Persian empire continued under Parthian and Sassanid dynasties before Moslem Arab invaders brought Islam to Persia, culminating in the golden age of the Safavids in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • The veiling of women became a feature of Islamic society some time after the Islamic conquests of the eastern Byzantine lands and the domains of the Sassanian empire in the early seventh century.


A member of the Sassanian dynasty.
Example sentences
  • But no border post can remain tranquil for long and Taxila took a heavy share of the repeated invasions and conquests by the Bactrian Greeks, the Shakas, the Kushans, the Sassanians, etc.
  • The Sassanids are also responsible for other cultural contributions, such as the spectacular architecture they produced in Iran and Mesopotamia, some of which remains until this day.
  • The Parthians and Sassanids also celebrated Norooz every year by holding special rituals and ceremonies.


From Sasan (the name of the grandfather or father of Ardashir, the first Sassanian) + -ian.

Words that rhyme with Sassanian

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Syllabification: Sas·sa·ni·an

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