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[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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Iran's official language is Farsi, which is also known as Persian.’
- ‘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.
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