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A member of an ethnic group of Afghanistan and parts of western Pakistan.

[Pashto Pəštūn; see Pathan.]


or Push•tun


n., pl. -tuns, (esp. collectively) -tun.
a member of a people of S Asia, living mainly in E and S Afghanistan and adjacent parts of Pakistan, esp. the Northwest Frontier Province.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pashtun - a member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of AfghanistanPashtun - 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.Pashtun - 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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Moreover, such destruction and punishments were old practice in the Pukhtun tribal society and social system, but Swat rather PATA, on the whole, never remains that sort of tribal society in which such punishments were in vogue and meted out.
The delegates also visited the Pukhtun cultural stalls at the museum and showed keen interest.
In Pukhtun culture, masculine roles are generally associated with dominance, strength, aggression, while feminine roles are connected with nurturing, subordination, and passivity.
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