1. 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.


  1. Pashto.
Also Push·to [puhsh-toh] /ˈpʌʃ toʊ/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pushto

Historical Examples of pushto

  • Pushtoo or Pushto, the language of the Afghans, said to be derived from the Zend, with admixtures from the neighbouring tribes.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for pushto


Pushtu (ˈpʌʃtuː)

noun, adjective
  1. variant spellings of Pashto


Pushto Pushtu

  1. 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
  2. plural -to, -tos, -tu or -tus a speaker of the Pashto language; a Pathan
  1. denoting or relating to this language or a speaker of it
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Word Origin and History for pushto



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

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