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From Hindi फिरंगी (phiraṁgī) or Urdu فرنگی, from Persian فرنگی (Firangī), from Old French franc.



firangi (plural firangi)

  1. (India, UK, Pakistan) A foreigner, especially a British or a white person.
    • 1995, Peter Ward Fay, The Forgotten Army: India's Armed Struggle for Independence 1942-1945, page 109:
      Prem, who knew him slightly from Dehra Dun (where Dhillon had been his junior), remembers Dhillon cheerfully telling everyone that the firangi were glad to have Indians patrolling their wire. This Prem doubted.
    • 2004, Christina Lamb, The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan, page 252:
      The neighbouring men had all come to see the firangi, the foreign woman, [...]


  • 2001, Basavaraj Naikar, The Sun Behind the Cloud, page 239:
    Then Kashibayi cleared her throat and told him, "Maharaj, our Babasaheb Sarkar was a very patriotic king who fought against the firangi fellows. He was betrayed by his own people who were shamelessly treacherous."
  • 2004, William Dalrymple, White Mughals: love and betrayal in eighteenth-century India:
    He rose to power in Mysore after composing for Tipu an army manual, a verse history and an epic in praise of fighting the jihad against the firangi infidels, the Zad ul-Mujahedin.

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