from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Champollion, Jean François 1790-1832. French Egyptologist. Working from the Rosetta stone, he became the first person to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics (1821).

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  • n. Frenchman and Egyptologist who studied the Rosetta Stone and in 1821 became the first person to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics (1790-1832)


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  • Everybody stared at such an exclamation of enthusiasm from the lips of the young Earl of Bagnigge, who was never heard to admire anything except a coulis de dindonneau a la St. Menehould, or a supreme de cochon en torticolis a la Piffarde; such as Champollion, the chef of the "Traveller's," only knows how to dress; or the bouquet of a flask of


  • Only a feat of brilliant decipherment by Jean-François Champollion, working in the 1820s, allowed us to understand ancient Egypt again in its own terms.

    Beyond the Pharaohs

  • This all changed with the discovery of the Rosetta Stone by Champollion in 1799.

    Dr. Galit Dayan: Text like an Egyptian

  • We might be better off sending these to Champollion rather than Young.

    One Night in Scotland

  • Both Young and Champollion are famed in the scientific community.

    One Night in Scotland

  • I know their work well, Young more than Champollion.

    One Night in Scotland

  • “But… you said you know Young and Champollion well.”

    One Night in Scotland

  • “In addition to Young, you both know Champollion, too.”

    One Night in Scotland

  • He would send a copy of the hieroglyphs to his fellow scholar Jean-Francois Champollion.

    One Night in Scotland

  • He was most energetic in his praise of our efforts to break the code of hieroglyphs and said he quite believes that Champollion will have it solved before the year is out.

    One Night in Scotland


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