Definition of Afghan in English:


Syllabification: Af·ghan
Pronunciation: /ˈafˌgan


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Afghanistan, or a person of Afghan descent.
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    • Then they said they would stay back and try to help the Afghans effect national reconciliation.
    • Some weapons will be blown up while usable weapons will be handed over to the Afghan's own national army, which is now being formed.
    • The Turks and Afghans who served in the Moghul Army are believed to have brought this dish to Hindustan.
  • 2 another term for Pashto.
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    • The first and most important Afghan word the nurses learned was ‘dahrt,’ which means pain.
    • In fact, the neighboring district of Khash — located on the ancient Silk Road to China — is the source of the Afghan word for opium poppy.
    • The Afghan word for hope is Arman and that is exactly what the station is about.
  • 3 (afghan) A woolen blanket or shawl, typically one knitted or crocheted in strips or squares.
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    • I sat on the green plastic chair covered with five afghans crocheted for him each year for Christmas by my mother.
    • My mother was also a world champion knitter who knit afghans, sweaters and all kinds of winter wear.
    • Her mother was curled up in bed, sweating in her pink flannel pajamas, covered with a crocheted afghan even in the summer heat.
  • 4 short for Afghan hound.
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    • The only type of brush capable of getting through an Afghan's coat is one with an air cushion behind the tufts.
    • The Afghan stands 27- 29 inches tall and weighs 58-64 pounds.
    • Afghans require weekly baths and brushing to remove dead hair and to prevent the tangling and matting to which they are prone.


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  • Relating to Afghanistan, its people, or their language.
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    • Second, having an Afghan leader eliminates the language barrier.
    • First, the language in the constitution that requires Afghan law to be in accord with Islam was strengthened.
    • He wore Afghan clothes, spoke their languages, and understood their traditions.


from Pashto afghānī.

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