- an Indo-European, Iranian language that is the official language of Afghanistan and the chief vernacular of the eastern part of the nation.
Also Pushtu, Pushto.
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Examples from the Web for pashto
Our Pashto interpreter explained how he had pretended to be a Pakistani policeman when interested crowds approached the compound.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Over the course of these meetings, Zalwar Khan, whose name in Pashto means brave leader, becomes more relaxed.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
He is an articulate, gifted speaker in his native Pashto, and is fluent in Persian and Arabic.Afghan Elections: The Warlords Are Back
Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai
October 16, 2013
I remember speaking with Taliban mullahs: black beards, white turbans, Arabic inflection to their Pashto.What the Frontier of Afghanistan Tells Us About the War
John Kael Weston
May 11, 2013
There are four in Pakistan, for speakers of Urdu, Sindhi, Pashto, and Punjabi.Abortion at Sea
October 1, 2012
- a language of Afghanistan and NW Pakistan, belonging to the East Iranian branch of the Indo-European family: since 1936 the official language of Afghanistan
- plural -to, -tos, -tu or -tus a speaker of the Pashto language; a Pathan
- denoting or relating to this language or a speaker of it
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Word Origin and History for pashto
1784, from Persian pashto (Afghan pakhto). Related: Pashtun.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper