Francis Joseph Steingass

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Francis Joseph Steingass (March 16, 1825, Frankfurt am Main – January 1903) was a British linguist and orientalist.


Steingass completed his education, including a PhD, in Munich, Germany. Later, he was a professor of Modern Languages at Birmingham and a professor of Modern Languages and Resident Lecturer on Arabic Languages, Literature & Law at the Oriental Institute, Woking.

He mastered 14 languages, including Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit. He published a number of Persian-English, Arabic-English and English-Arabic dictionaries.[1]



  • Steingass (1882). English-Arabic dictionary: for the use of both travellers and students. London: W. H. Allen & Co. Retrieved 6 July 2011. Another digitised copy is here.
  • Steingass, F.J. (1884). The student's Arabic-English dictionary. London: Crosby Lockwood and Son. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  • Steingass (1892). A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary, Including the Arabic words and phrases to be met with in literature (5th [1963] ed.). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Retrieved 26 October 2017. Apparently there is a 2015 edition from Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi, ISBN 81-7304-669-7.

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  1. ^ Author's biography sketch in the reprint of his Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary (ISBN 81-215-0711-1)

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