Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A landlocked country of southwest-central Asia. Since ancient times the region has been crisscrossed by invaders, including Persians, Macedonians, Arabs, Turks, and Mongols. Afghan tribes united in the 18th century under a single leadership, but a fully independent state did not emerge until 1919. Kabul is the capital and the largest city. Population: 31,900,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A landlocked country in Central Asia. Official name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Capital: Kabul. Official languages: Persian (Dari), Pashto.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a mountainous country in central Asia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south

Etymologies

From Persian افغان (Afğān, "Afghan") or Arabic افغان (Afġān, "Afghan") + Persian ستان (-stân, "place of"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While Cordesman has reams of publication devoted to Afghanistan, the most substantial analysis and policy recommendation paper from the last few months in my mind is Winning Afghanistan*.

    There’s something happening here but what it is aint exactly clear (Corrected) | ATTACKERMAN

  • ABDUL RAHIM WARDAK, AFGHANISTAN DEFENSE MINISTER: We believe that victory's in our grasp, only we have to vindicate the resources which is required, because the whole campaign in Afghanistan was under-resources for many, many years.

    CNN Transcript Oct 5, 2009

  • RICHARD HOLBROOKE, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN: A war going on in Afghanistan and the related war going on in the western tribal areas of Pakistan, and the combination is extraordinarily toxic.

    CNN Transcript Feb 27, 2009

  • Stefano Rellandini/Reuters IN AFGHANISTAN: Children looked at a Canadian soldier in a NATO-led coalition in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday.

    Today's Photos: April 2

  • HAMID KARZAI, PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN: For a number of years, maybe for another 15 to 20 years, Afghanistan will not be able to sustain a force of that nature and capability with its own resources.

    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2009

  • AFGHANISTAN: FROM UK, RUSSIAN TO USA yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'AFGHANISTAN: FROM UK, RUSSIAN TO USA'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: The new US Government is planning to increase the war effort in Afghanistan and reduce the war effort in Iraq.

    AFGHANISTAN: FROM UK, RUSSIAN TO USA

  • DAVID MCKIERNAN, NATO AFGHANISTAN COMMANDER: The word I don't use for Afghanistan is the word surge.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2008

  • SENLIS AFGHANISTAN: Well, I have been living and working in southern Afghanistan and Kandahar for the last few years and I am familiar with this prison.

    CNN Transcript Jun 14, 2008

  • HAMID KARZAI, AFGHANISTAN: The security situation in Afghanistan over the past two years has definitely deteriorated.

    CNN Transcript Aug 6, 2007

  • HAMID KARZAI, PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN: Yes, I did predict and expect a rise in militant activity in Afghanistan.

    CNN Transcript Jun 22, 2006

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.