Definition of Farsi in English:



mass noun
  • The modern Persian language, a member of the Iranian branch of the Indo-European family written in Arabic script.

    Also called Persian
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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