Definition of Nasrani in English:


(also Nasrany)

Pronunciation /nazˈrɑːni/ /nasˈrɑːni/


  • Chiefly among Muslims: a Christian; compare "Nazarene". Occasionally also specifically: (a) a Christian living in a predominantly Muslim country; (b) a member of a particular Christian sect or community, especially one of the ancient Christian communities of South India.


Late 16th century. In some forms probably from Arabic Nasṭūrī (plural Nasṭūrīyyūn, Nasāṭira) a Nestorian, perhaps either confused by English-speaking travellers with the etymon of the some forms, or understood by them to refer, among Muslims, to any Christian.