What is Afghan?

  • (noun): A coat made of sheepskin.
    Synonyms: sheepskin coat
    See also — Additional definitions below


Afghan (Pashto/Persian: افغان; see etymology) refers to a citizen of Afghanistan. Prior to this definition, it was used by Persian speakers (and others influenced by Persian) to denote the Pashtun people. Nowadays, "Afghan" is usually not used as an ethnic term, but as a national demonym for all citizens of Afghanistan, while "Pashtun" - the native ethnonym of this people - is largely used in a linguistic sense to refer to native speakers of Pashto.

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Bala Hissar - History
... into conflict with the invading British during the First Anglo-Afghan War (1838–1842) and Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878–1880) ... used it on and off as their barracks until the massacre of the British Mission by mutinous Afghan troops in 1879 ... It was damaged during the Second Anglo-Afghan War when the British Residency was burned down, then later when the armoury exploded ...
Afghan Cuisine - Major Foods - Other Afghan Food Items
... Afghan Kufta (meatball) Afghan Kadu Bouranee (sweet pumpkins) Ashak (vegetable and chive-filled dumplings topped with tomato and yogurt sauces) Aush (hand made noodles) Bichak (small turnovers with various fillings ... pudding) Cream roll (pastry) Baklava (pastry) Afghan Cake (similar to pound cake sometimes with real fruit or jelly inside) Gosh e feel (thin, fried pastries ...
... While the term "Afghani" is typically used in reference to the unit of Afghan currency, the term may be used to refer to a person or thing of, from, or related to Afghanistan (e.g ...
Sayyid Jamal Al-Din Al-Afghani Asadabadi - Early Life and Origin
... He claimed to be of Afghan origin most of his life and until recently there was some difference of opinion among scholars as to whether that was the case ... Although claimed by some older sources that al-Afghan was born in a district of Kunar Province in Afghanistan which is also called Asadabad, - a claim that was supported by ... An ethnic Persian, al-Afghan claimed to be an Afghan in order to present himself as a Sunni Muslim and escape oppression by the Iranian ruler Nāṣer ud-Dīn Shāh ...
Abdul Haq (Afghan Leader)
23, 1958 - October 26, 2001) was an Afghan Pashtun mujahideen commander who fought against the Soviets and Afghan communists during the Soviet-Afghan War ...

More definitions of "Afghan":

  • (adj): Of or relating to or characteristic of Afghanistan or its people.
    Synonyms: Afghani, Afghanistani
  • (noun): A native or inhabitant of Afghanistan.
    Synonyms: Afghanistani
  • (noun): A blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl.
  • (noun): Tall graceful breed of hound with a long silky coat; native to the Near East.
    Synonyms: Afghan hound
  • (noun): An Iranian language spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the official language of Afghanistan.
    Synonyms: Pashto, Pashtu, Paxto, Afghani