What does the word aryan mean?

Usage examples for aryan

  1. A pre- Aryan race, occupying the border- land between France and Spain. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  2. I have stated that all custom, rite, and belief which is Aryan custom, rite, and belief, as distinct from that which is pre- Aryan- pre- Celtic in our own country- must have a position in the tribal system, and I have said that custom, rite, and belief which cannot be traced back to the tribal system may be safely pronounced to be pre- tribal in origin and therefore pre- Celtic, to have survived, that is, from the people whom the Celts found in occupation of the country when first they landed on its shores. – Folklore as an Historical Science by George Laurence Gomme
  3. I had never appreciated or felt their truth down in the dusty plains, but here, on the free hills, the glad welcoming of the morning light seemed to run through every fibre, as thousands of years ago the same joyful thrill of returning life inspired the pilgrim fathers of the Aryan race. – Mr. Isaacs by F. Marion Crawford