-stan

"country," place-name element in Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc., from Persian -stan "country," from Indo-Iranian *stanam "place," literally "where one stands," from PIE *sta-no-, from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).


Nearby words

  1. -sphere,
  2. -splain,
  3. -spore,
  4. -sporous,
  5. -st,
  6. -stasis,
  7. -stat,
  8. -ster,
  9. -stichous,
  10. -stome

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper