(redirected from Pathans)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


A Pashtun.

[Hindi Paṭhān, from Pashto Pəštana, pl. of Pəštūn, an Afghan, from pašto, Pashto; see Pashto.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Peoples) a member of the Pashto-speaking people of Afghanistan, NW Pakistan, and elsewhere, most of whom are Muslim in religion
[C17: from Hindi]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(pəˈtɑn, pətˈhɑn)

a Pashtun.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
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. They had once met the regiment officially and for something less than twenty minutes, but the interview, which was complicated with many casualties, had filled them with prejudice.
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.
Cricket Academy of Pathans (CAP) is currently present in twelve cities - Delhi, Kota, Patna, Morbi, Noida, Bengaluru, Rajkot, Surat, Sonipat, Port Blair, Raipur and Lunawada and aims to provide world-class coaching and training infrastructure to young children.
The very title of the book 'The Pathan Unarmed' seems to be somewhat ridiculous because it defies the generally accepted cultural traits of the Pathans.
Earlier, addressing a reception, which was hosted in his honour by Muhstaq Pathan, Durrani said that he was working for the unity of Pathans living in Sindh.
TALAGANG, 06 April , 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Lawah Police Thana has been reported to have had released three suspected Pathans without proper interrogation who were arresting on the identification of local on the allegations of collecting information about the statistics of Shiite people living in Chakwal a month ago.
But the Pathans put on 59 runs off only 25 deliveries in an unbroken stand for the eighth wicket as world champions India eclipsed the target with four deliveries to spare.
This view was gathered during a leave taken in October 1963 as he travelled through the country of the Pathans, traditional "guardians" of the Khyber Pass.
The closest thing to an indigenous voice cited for things Afghan actually comes in connection with Ahmed's and Barth's ethnographies of "Pathans," a social category often and problematically assimilated with "Pashtuns," "Pukhtuns," and "Afghans." Eickelman rightly discredits some of Ahmed's work as doing a disservice to any potential 'Islamic anthropology' on the grounds of plagiarism (p.
"There are Pathans everywhere and they have put death threats on us both.
Speaking on the occasion, Raaz Khan Pathan said that Pathans' have rendered many sacrifices' to stable the country and Pathan tribe has passion to provide sacrifice for their beloved country, but Manzoor pashteen is playing in the hands of anti Pakistan forces which is highly condemnable act.