Aryan (IPA: /\ərɪən/) is an English language loanword. As the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language states at the beginning of its definition, \"[it] is one of the ironies of history that Aryan, a word nowadays referring to the blond-haired, blue-eyed physical ideal of Nazi Germany, originally referred to a people who looked vastly different. Its history starts with the ancient Indo-Iranians, peoples who inhabited parts of what are now Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.\" As an adaptation of the Latin Arianus, referring to Iran, \Aryan\ has \"long been in English language use\". Its history as a loan word began in the late 1700s, when the word was borrowed from Sanskrit ā́rya- to mean the same thing it originally did in that Old Indic language, namely as a (self-)identifier of speakers of North Indian languages. When it was determined that Iranian
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