Definition of Pakistan in English:

Pakistan

Syllabification: Pak·i·stan
Pronunciation: /ˈpakiˌstan, ˌpäkiˈstän
 
/
  • A country in South Asia; population 174,578,600 (est. 2009); capital, Islamabad; languages, Urdu (official), English (official), Punjabi, Sindhi, and Pashto.

Pakistan was created as a separate country in 1947, following Britain’s withdrawal from India. It originally included two territories—one to the east and one to the west of India—in which the population was predominantly Muslim. Civil war in East Pakistan led to the establishment of the independent state of Bangladesh in 1972. Pakistan withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations in 1972, but rejoined in 1989; it was suspended 1999–2004 following a military coup

Derivatives

Pakistani

Pronunciation: /ˌpakəˈstanē, ˌpäkiˈstänē/
adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • Indians and Pakistanis sat together through the matches in all venues clapping for every run and every wicket.
  • I think Pakistanis should try to rediscover this art that is so beautiful but hidden from our view due to newer art forms.
  • It was interesting to see Indians and Pakistanis sitting cheek by jowl at the stadium and cheering the players.

Origin

from Punjab, Afghan Frontier, Kashmir, Baluchistan, lands where Muslims predominated.

More definitions of Pakistan

Definition of Pakistan in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody