- of Afghanistan or its people or language.
- a tall graceful breed of hound with a long silky coat
- 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
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
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.