Definition of Old Persian in English:

Old Persian

noun

  • The Persian language up to the 3rd century BC, used in the ancient Persian empire and written in cuneiform.

    ‘In 1844, Rawlinson scaled the almost sheer cliffs of Bisitun, in Persia, copying relief sculptures and their accompanying cuneiform inscriptions in Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian.’
    • ‘Bisitun was trilingual, with inscriptions in Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian.’
    • ‘In the east, languages like Sogdian look like ‘sons of Old Persian.’’

Pronunciation

Old Persian

/ōld ˈpərZHən/ /oʊld ˈpərʒən/