[puh-tahn, puh t-hahn]


an Afghan dwelling in India. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of pathan

  • One of my Lahore friends is the daughter of a high-ranking officer in the Frontier Corps who is Pathan.

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    Pakistan's Yuppies in Danger

    Lorraine Adams

    May 12, 2011

Historical Examples of pathan

British Dictionary definitions for pathan



a member of the Pashto-speaking people of Afghanistan, NW Pakistan, and elsewhere, most of whom are Muslim in religion

Word Origin for Pathan

C17: from Hindi
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