[af-gan, -guh n]


Also Afghani. a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan.
(lowercase) a soft woolen blanket, crocheted or knitted, usually in a geometric pattern.
Also called Afghan hound. one of a breed of swift hunting hounds having a long, narrow head and a long, silky coat.


of Afghanistan or its people or language. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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blanket, throw, covering

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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


Afghani (æfˈɡænɪ, -ˈɡɑː-)


a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Afghanistan
another name for Pashto
history an Indian camel driver employed in the outback of Australia


denoting or relating to Afghanistan, its people, or their language
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Word Origin and History for afghan


name of the people of Afghanistan, technically only correctly applied to the Durani Afghans; Old Afghan chronicles trace the name to an Afghana, son of Jeremiah, sone of Israelite King Saul, from whom they claimed descent, but this is a legend. The name is first attested in Arabic in al-'Utbi's "History of Sultan Mahmud" written c.1030 C.E. and was in use in India from 13c. Attested from 1833 as a type of blanket or wrap (in full, Afghan shawl); 1973 as a style of sheepskin coat; 1877 as a type of carpet; 1895 as a breed of hunting dog.

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