from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of southern Asia. Occupying land crisscrossed by ancient invasion paths, Pakistan was the home of the prehistoric Indus Valley civilization, which flourished until overrun by Aryans c. 1500 B.C. After being conquered by numerous rulers and powers, it passed to the British as part of India and became a separate Muslim state in 1947. The country originally included the Bengalese territory of East Pakistan, which achieved its separate independence in 1971 as Bangladesh. Pakistan became a republic in 1956. Islamabad is the capital and Karachi the largest city. Population: 165,000,000.
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- proper n. Country in South Asia. Official name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A country in South Asia formerly part of British India.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
From Urdu and Persian پاکستان "Land of the Pure", from پاک (pak, "pure, holy, immaculate, chaste, undefiled") and Persian ستان (stān, "-stan"). The word was coined by Choudhary Rahmat Ali, who published it in the pamphlet Now or Never issued on January 28, 1933 as an acronym of the names of the "Muslim homelands" of western India — Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh, and Balochistan. An i was later added to the English rendition of the name to ease pronunciation. (Wiktionary)