Definitions

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  • suffix home of; place where one stays; used especially in place names

Etymologies

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Persian ستان (stān) and Sanskrit स्थान (sthā́na), both deriving from common Indo-Iranian verbal stem √sthā ("to stand, stay"), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (“to stand”), whence also English verbs stay and stand.

Examples

  • “You need your proof of education and your signed contract,” she responded, not looking at me but leafing through my passport in search of stamps from Afghanistan or Pakistan, or some other “-stan.”

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  • And while we’re at it, the Persian suffix -stan in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and de facto Kurdistan means “country,” from the Indo-Iranian stanam, “place” or “where one stands.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • And while we’re at it, the Persian suffix -stan in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and de facto Kurdistan means “country,” from the Indo-Iranian stanam, “place” or “where one stands.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

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