name of the people of Afghanistan, 1784, properly only the Durani Afghans; of uncertain origin. The name is first attested in Arabic in al-'Utbi's "History of Sultan Mahmud" written c.1030 C.E. and was in use in India from 13c. Old Afghan chronicles trace the name to a legendary Afghana, son of Jeremiah, son of Israelite King Saul, from whom they claimed descent. In English, attested from 1833 as a type of blanket or wrap short for Afghan shawl); 1877 as a type of carpet; 1895 as a breed of hunting dog; 1973 as a style of sheepskin coat.

Definitions of Afghan
afghan (n.)
a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl;
afghan (n.)
a coat made of sheepskin;
Synonyms: sheepskin coat
Afghan (n.)
a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan;
Synonyms: Afghanistani
Afghan (n.)
an Iranian language spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the official language of Afghanistan;
Synonyms: Pashto / Pashtu / Paxto / Afghani
Afghan (n.)
tall graceful breed of hound with a long silky coat; native to the Near East;
Synonyms: Afghan hound
Afghan (adj.)
of or relating to or characteristic of Afghanistan or its people;
Synonyms: Afghani / Afghanistani