Pathan

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hindi पठान (paṭhān) and Urdu پٹھان(paṭhān), ultimately from Pashto پښتون(paẍtun).

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Noun[edit]

Pathan (plural Pathans)

  1. In India and Pakistan, a Pashtun; a member of the Pashto-speaking people of north-west Pakistan and south-east Afghanistan.
    • 1855, Sir Richard Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah, Dover 1964, p. 44-5:
      After long deliberation about the choice of nations, I became a “Pathán.”

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