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Afghan

[ af-gan, -guhn ]
/ ˈæf gæn, -gən /
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noun
a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan.
afghan, a soft woolen blanket, crocheted or knitted, usually in a geometric pattern.
Also called Af·ghan hound . one of a breed of swift hunting hounds having a long, narrow head and a long, silky coat.
Literary. Pashto.
adjective
of Afghanistan or its people or language.
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Origin of Afghan

First recorded in 1740–50; from Persian afghān “inhabitant of the Hindu Kush; a Pathan“

usage note for Afghan

See afghani.

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British Dictionary definitions for Afghan (1 of 2)

afghan
/ (ˈæfɡæn, -ɡən) /

noun
a knitted or crocheted wool blanket or shawl, esp one with a geometric pattern
a sheepskin coat, often embroidered and having long fur trimming around the edges

Word Origin for afghan

from Afghanistan

British Dictionary definitions for Afghan (2 of 2)

Afghan

Afghani (æfˈɡænɪ, -ˈɡɑː-)

/ (ˈæfɡæn, -ɡən) /

noun
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Afghanistan
another name for Pashto
history an Indian camel driver employed in the outback of Australia
adjective
denoting or relating to Afghanistan, its people, or their language
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