Definition of Farsi in English:



  • [mass noun] The modern Persian language, the official language of Iran, with over 20 million speakers.

    [as modifier] ‘a Farsi expression’
    • ‘This was followed by some travel, including time in Iran, where she taught herself Farsi, the language of the area.’
    • ‘Islam and the Arabic language have bequeathed the Arabic alphabet for languages like Farsi, Urdu, Old Hausa and others.’
    • ‘Iran's official language is Farsi, which is also known as Persian.’
    • ‘Among the immigrant population, English, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and Filipino are spoken.’
    • ‘The intelligence agencies are woefully short of people fluent in Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu, and this is remediable.’


From Arabic fārsī, from Fārs, from Persian Pārs Persia. Compare with Parsee.