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 (pŭsh′tō) also Push·tu (pŭsh′to͞o)
The Iranian language spoken by the Pashtuns.

[Persian pashtu, from Pashto pašto, perhaps ultimately from Iranian *parsāwa-, border, border people.]


(ˈpʌʃtəʊ) or




npl -to, -tos, -tu or -tus
1. (Languages) 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. (Peoples) a speaker of the Pashto language; a Pathan
3. (Languages) a speaker of the Pashto language; a Pathan
4. (Peoples) denoting or relating to this language or a speaker of it
5. (Languages) denoting or relating to this language or a speaker of it


(ˈpʌʃ toʊ)

also Push•tu


the Iranian language of the Pashtuns: an official language of Afghanistan.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pashto - an Iranian language spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the official language of Afghanistan
Iranian language, Iranian - the modern Persian language spoken in Iran
Jirga - a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders; "most criminal cases are handled by a tribal Jirga rather than by laws or police"
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Professor Hanif Khalil of Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad delivered lecture on the impact of culture of Pashto language in the national development and unity of nation.
A large number of people belonging to PMAP Sindh Zone reached Karachi Press Club to register demonstration and pressed the government to make Pashto as national language.
Referring to Pashto language, Mian Iftikhar claimed that Pashto is the second biggest language of Pakistan.
The Voice of America and Radio Azadi also has Pashto broadcasts, mainly for Afghanistan.
Besides, it also offers short courses in Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi, a statement said.
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As many as 14 artistes performed in both Urdu and Pashto languages, keeping the huge audience entertained for over two hours.
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Fitrat Buneri, a noted young Pashto poet said that Pashto art of music was not limited only to those who hailed from music families but well qualified singers.
The letter is a thank you note to Google for adding Pashto to its worldwide list of languages for translation.