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See also: taliban, talibán, and Talibán


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From Pashto طالبان(tālibān, students, seekers), plural of طالب(tālib), from Arabic طَالِب(ṭālib, seeker, student).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtælɪbæn/, /ˈtælɪbɑːn/, /ˈtɑːlɪbɑːn/

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the Taliban

  1. A Deobandi Islamist and largely Pashtun religious political movement founded in Afghanistan in 1994 by mullah Mohammad Omar, which has governed the country from 1996 to 2001 and since 2021.



Taliban (plural Taliban or Talibans)

  1. A Taliban militia.
    • 2005, Merajuddin Pathan, quoted in Scott Baldauf, “Taliban coming in from cold”, in The Christian Science Monitor, 2005 April 28:
      We will deal with the Afghan Taliban through dialogue. And we will handle the Pakistani Taliban with bullets.
    • 2008, Raza Khan, “Afghan, Pakistani Taliban diverge on goals”, in The Washington Times, 2009 November 18:
      Not everyone accepts the premise of a complete rupture between the two Talibans.
    • 2009, Carlotta Gall, “Pakistan and Afghan Taliban Close Ranks”, in The New York Times, 2009 March 27, page A1:
      The Pakistani Taliban, an offspring of the Afghan Taliban, are led by veterans of the fighting in Afghanistan who come from the border regions.
  2. A member of the Taliban movement or its militia; a Talib.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtaːlɪˌbaːn/
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Taliban m (strong, genitive Talibans, plural Taliban)

  1. Taliban, a member of the Taliban movement
    Ein junger Taliban zielte auf meinen Kopf.[1]
    A young Taliban aimed [his gun] at my head.

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As the word Taliban is a plural form in the Pashto language, the more sophisticated German singular is Talib. However, this latter form is less common in general usage.

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Taliban m

  1. Alternative spelling of Talibã