Query: "-stan" in "Afghanistan"

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Tue Nov 13 01:50:27 UTC 2001

    I've recently been asked about the meaning of "-stan" in "Afghanistan,"
"Kazakhstan," "Pakistan," etc. I assume it means "state, country" but
would be grateful for confirmation of this. And exactly in what
language(s) would it have this meaning?

    Would someone know?

---Gerald Cohen

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