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afghani

[ af-gan-ee, -gah-nee ]
/ æfˈgæn i, -ˈgɑ ni /
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noun
a coin and monetary unit of Afghanistan, equal to 100 puls. Abbreviation: Agh.
Afghani. Literary. Pashto.
Afghani. Sometimes Offensive. Afghan (def. 1).
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Origin of afghani

First recorded in 1820–30; Afghan + a suffix indicating relationship or origin

usage note for afghani

Afghan is the proper term for a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan. The use of Afghani in this meaning is considered to be incorrect and is sometimes perceived as offensive.
The -i in Afghani is a suffix used in the names of certain peoples in southwest and central Asia: for example, an Israeli lives in Israel; a Pakistani lives in Pakistan. However, the bordering countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan have a history of strained diplomatic relations. Therefore, objection to the use of Afghani (to refer to a person) may be explained by the word’s similarity to Pakistani, and to Paki, a synonymous but highly offensive term.
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British Dictionary definitions for afghani (1 of 2)

afghani
/ (æfˈɡɑːnɪ) /

noun
the standard monetary unit of Afghanistan, divided into 100 puli

British Dictionary definitions for afghani (2 of 2)

Afghani
/ (æfˈɡɑːnɪ) /

noun
Jamal ad-Din al-. 1839–97, Iranian Muslim religious and political reformer; a proponent of Muslim unity, he resisted European interference in Muslim countries
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