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[Hindi Paṭhān, from Pashto Pəštana, pl. of Pəštūn, an Afghan, from pašto, Pashto; see Pashto.]
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(Peoples) a member of the Pashto-speaking people of Afghanistan, NW Pakistan, and elsewhere, most of whom are Muslim in religion
[C17: from Hindi]
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|Noun||1.||Pathan - a member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of Afghanistan; "Pathans are the predominant ethnic group in 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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