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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.]
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(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
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(ˈpʌʃ toʊ)

also Push•tu


the Iranian language of the Pashtuns: an official language of Afghanistan.
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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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PESHAWAR -- Speakers at the launching ceremony of a Pashto poetry book here on Friday urged the poets to use their inborn talent for spreading progressive thoughts in the society.
PESHAWAR -- Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar (UoP) has setup committees for holding of three-day national conference on regional languages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa starting from July 12-14, 2019.
PESHAWAR -- Noted Spiritual guide and Pashto poet, Syed Muhammad Ismail Baba was laid to rest in the graveyard of his village Akbarpura.
PESHAWAR: City District Peshawar, Nazim Mohammad Asim Khan Friday visited the mausoleum of Pashto Sufi poet, Abdul Rehman Baba and reviewed arrangement made for his annual Urs.
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Senior folk singer Khial Mohammad, who chaired the event, said that after serving Pashto music for over six decades he could no longer perform.
GROUP: Syed Ahsan Raza, Ambassador of Pakistan, left, with officials and dignitaries at the Pashto poetry symposium.
Lakki Marwat -- Pashto poet Umar Daraz Marwat passed away in Lakki Marwat on Thursday night.
MARDAN -- The 10th death anniversary of popular Pashto movies' actor Badar Munir will be observed today.
Objective: To translate and validate the hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS) in Pashto.
This intermediate-level textbook continues Pashto: An Elementary Textbook to help students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Pashto, one of the two official languages of Afghanistan, also spoken in Pakistan.
This paper, therefore, presents a study of structural Case assignment in Pashto monotransitive constructions from a minimalist perspective.