[ puhsh-toh ]
/ ˈpʌʃ toʊ /


an Indo-European, Iranian language that is the official language of Afghanistan and the chief vernacular of the eastern part of the nation.
Also Pushtu, Pushto.
Also called Afghan, Afghani. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pashto


Pushto Pushtu

/ (ˈpʌʃtəʊ) /


a language of Afghanistan and NW Pakistan, belonging to the East Iranian branch of the Indo-European family: since 1936 the official language of Afghanistan
plural -to, -tos, -tu or -tus a speaker of the Pashto language; a Pathan


denoting or relating to this language or a speaker of it
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Word Origin and History for pashto



1784, from Persian pashto (Afghan pakhto). Related: Pashtun.

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