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A Pashtun.

[Hindi Paṭhān, from Pashto Pəštana, pl. of Pəštūn, an Afghan, from pašto, Pashto; see Pashto.]


(Peoples) a member of the Pashto-speaking people of Afghanistan, NW Pakistan, and elsewhere, most of whom are Muslim in religion
[C17: from Hindi]


(pəˈtɑn, pətˈhɑn)

a Pashtun.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pathan - a member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of AfghanistanPathan - a member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of Afghanistan; "Pathans are the predominant ethnic group in Afghanistan"
Afghanistani, Afghan - a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan
2.Pathan - an ethnic minority speaking Pashto and living in northwestern Pakistan and southeastern Afghanistan
ethnic minority - a group that has different national or cultural traditions from the majority of the population
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Creighton heard Kim say bitterly: 'Trust a Brahmin before a snake, and a snake before an harlot, and an harlot before a Pathan, Mahbub Ali.
All Pathans are not faithless - except in horseflesh.
The only persons who did not share the general regard for the White Hussars were a few thousand gentlemen of Jewish extraction who lived across the border, and answered to the name of Pathan.
As it chanced, however, there was one of the convict- guard down there,--a vile Pathan who had never missed a chance of insulting and injuring me.
Batting at No 3, Pathan blasted a brisk 37 as India eased to 171 for fourin 35.
The earliest conquerors took a somewhat unenlightened view of the Pathan tribesmen who defended their homeland from invasion.
To them, "A nonviolent Pathan [another name for a Pashtun] was unthinkable, a fraud that masked something cunning and darkly treacherous," writes Eknath Easwaran in Nonviolent Soldier of Islam: Badshah Khan, A Man to Match His Mountains (Nilgiri Press, 1999).
JACOBABAD -- A large number workers taken out a rally against extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud which started from Pathan House and culminated at the Deputy Commissioner Chowk on Monday.
Mr Durrani said at a welcome camp of All Sindhi Pathan Youth at Hala Naka here on Saturday that PTI had no impact in Sindh because the party's leaders abused the parliament and in so doing they abused the very voters whose votes created that institution.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Jan 9 (ANI): Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, who has been suspended for five months after failing a dope test, has thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for allowing him to plead his case in a fair and reasonable manner.
Today, Yassin Pathan is a frail man, plagued with numerous health problems.
Criticizing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, he said that he was not a Pathan, and did not belong to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).