AskDefine | Define afghan

Dictionary Definition

Afghan adj : of or relating to or characteristic of Afghanistan or its people [syn: Afghani, Afghanistani]


1 a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl
2 a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan [syn: Afghanistani]
3 an Iranian language spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the official language of Afghanistan [syn: Pashto, Pashtu, Paxto, Afghani]
4 a coat made of sheepskin [syn: sheepskin coat]
5 tall graceful breed of hound with a long silky coat; native to the Near East [syn: Afghan hound]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Afghan



  1. A blanket or throw, usually crocheted or knitted.



  • /af.ɡɑ̃/|lang=fr


  1. Afghan (pertaining to Afghanistan)



  1. Afghan; (male) person from Afghanistan
  2. a kind of long-haired breed of dog

Extensive Definition

In a political sense, the term Afghān refers to the citizens of Afghanistan. From an ethnological point of view, Afghān is the term by which Pashtuns are designated by Persian-speakers. Additionally, Pashto, the language of the Pashtuns, is known as Afghān language.
The term Afghan may also refer to:
For etymology of Afghan/Afghanistan, see Origins of the name Afghan.


afghan in Spanish: Afgano
afghan in Persian: افغان
afghan in French: Afghan
afghan in Portuguese: Afegão
afghan in Swedish: Afghaner

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bed linen, bedclothes, bedcover, bedding, bedsheet, bedspread, blanket, buffalo robe, case, clothes, comfort, comforter, contour sheet, counterpane, cover, coverlet, coverlid, eiderdown, fitted sheet, lap robe, linen, patchwork quilt, pillow slip, pillowcase, quilt, robe, rug, sheet, sheeting, slip, spread
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