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[puh-tahn, puh t-hahn] /pəˈtɑn, pətˈhɑn/
Afghan (def 1).
an Afghan dwelling in India. Unabridged
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  • Kim, regarded as Mahbub Ali's favourite by all who wished to stand well with the Pathan, was not called upon to work.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • The Sikh wears his hair down to his waist; the Pathan shaves his head.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • I am a Pathan, as thou didst say, and were I a man of war, I would fain have had a part with them.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • And so died Koda Bux the Pathan, loyal avenger of his master's honour.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • The Ghilzai Afghans are of doubtful origin: they are sometimes reckoned as Pathan.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • The Pathan thumped him on the back so hard that his eyes watered.

  • On the morning of the 13th a white flag was shown by the enemy, and a Pathan shouted out "Cease firing!"

    The Relief of Chitral George John Younghusband
  • "A Pathan," replied Daly, and related how Ahmed had rescued the girl.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • He yawned and dropped both hands to his side; and it was at that instant that the Pathan sprang at him.

British Dictionary definitions for Pathan


a member of the Pashto-speaking people of Afghanistan, NW Pakistan, and elsewhere, most of whom are Muslim in religion
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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