Definition of Pathan

1. Noun. A member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of Afghanistan. "Pathans are the predominant ethnic group in Afghanistan"

Exact synonyms: Pashtoon, Pashtun, Pushtun
Generic synonyms: Afghan, Afghanistani

2. Noun. An ethnic minority speaking Pashto and living in northwestern Pakistan and southeastern Afghanistan.
Exact synonyms: Pashtun
Generic synonyms: Ethnic Minority

Definition of Pathan

1. Noun. In India and Pakistan, a Pashtun; a member of the Pashto-speaking people of south-east Afghanistan. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pathan

Patagonian weasel
Patein's albumin
Patella vulgata
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Paterson's Curse
Paterson-Brown-Kelly syndrome
Paterson-Kelly syndrome
Pathet Lao
Patois virus
Paton's lines

Literary usage of Pathan

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1. The Races of Afghanistan, Being a Brief Account of the Principal Nations by Henry Walter Bellew (1880)
"THE pathan. THIS term has a very wide application as used by the people of India, and a very restricted one as used by the ..."

2. History of Indian and Eastern Architecture by James Fergusson (1899)
"The usual form of a pathan tomb will be better understood from the following woodcut (No. 2s6), representing a nameless sepulchre among the hundreds that ..."

3. A History of Hindu Civilisation During British Rule by Pramatha Nath Bose (1894)
"On one side is, ranged the Mongol army in a triangular form, and on the opposite side the pathan army. Eich army consists of 1 6 pieces, the moves of ^which ..."

4. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by William Wilson Hunter (1887)
"... a pathan, who named it in honour of the Emperor. About 1720, Al f Muhammad Khan, who had risen into power at the head of his ..."

5. A short manual of the history of India: With an Account of India as it Is by Roper Lethbridge (1881)
"THE RIVALS OF THE DELHI EMPIRE DURING THE pathan AND EARLY MUGHUL PERIODS. ... We have already noticed that during the weak rule of the later pathan Sultans ..."

6. All the Year Round: A Weekly Journal by Charles Dickens (1881)
"Let us give a pathan credit for honesty when we see a chance. ... He had the long pathan nose and the vulture eyes, but his sallow-brown face was beardless. ..."

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