Definition of Pashtun in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəSHˈto͞on/
(also Pakhtun )


A member of a Pashto-speaking people inhabiting southern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan. Also called Pathan.
Example sentences
  • It would be unacceptable to Pakistan, the Pashtuns and many other Afghans.
  • The border is known as the Durand Line, named after a British colonial officer who drew the lines during British rule, dividing the Pashtuns in Afghanistan from those in Pakistan.
  • The word ‘Afghan’ historically has been used to designate the members of an ethnic group also called the Pashtuns, but Afghanistan is multicultural and multiethnic.


From Pashto paštūn.

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Syllabification: Pash·tun

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