Definitions

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

  • n. A fundamentalist Muslim group that controlled much of Afghanistan from 1995 until U.S. military intervention in 2001.

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  • proper n. A Sunni Islamic student movement in Afghanistan; organized in 1994 by the radical mullah "Mohammad Omar"
  • n. A Taliban militia.
  • n. A member of the Taliban movement or its militia.

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

  • n. a fundamentalist Islamic militia; in 1995 the Taliban militia took over Afghanistan and in 1996 took Kabul and set up an Islamic government

Etymologies

Pashto tālibān, pl. of tālib, student, from Arabic ṭālib, from ṭalaba, to seek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Pashto طالبان ("students" or "seekers"), a Pashto plural of Arabic طالب ("seeker", "student"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Palin: The Real 'American Taliban' yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Palin: The Real \'American Taliban\' '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: Sarah Palin, who put her nomination ahead of the welfare of her pregnant daughter, appears to be a fanatic, a kind of Christian "imom," who wants to foist her rabid morals on not just America\'s teens, but on all of us. '

    Palin: The Real 'American Taliban'

  • PETER MARSDEN, AUTHOR, "THE TALIBAN: WAR, RELIGION AND THE NEW ORDER IN AFGHANISTAN": Iran may intentionally be sending young men back, in the hope that they will then be recruited by the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Jun 20, 2007

  • AHMED RASHID, AUTHOR, "TALIBAN: ISLAM, OIL AND THE NEW GREAT GAME IN CENTRAL ASIA": It's very similar to what has been going on -- or what was going on in the early period of the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2006

  • The taliban - or people indistinguishable from the Taliban - is back in control of huge portions of the country.

    Why I Loathe Clinton and the Democrats

  • JOHN WALKER, TALIBAN FIGHTER: I was a student in Pakistan studying Islam and I came into contact with many people who were connected with the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2001

  • JOHN WALKER, AMERICAN TALIBAN FIGHTER: The Taliban have separate branches in the army.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2001

  • JOHN WALKER, TALIBAN FIGHTER: I was a student in Pakistan, studying Islam and I came in to contact with many people who were connected with the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Dec 3, 2001

  • JOHN WALKER, AMERICAN TALIBAN FIGHTER: I was a student in Pakistan studying Islam and I came into contact with many people who were connected with the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2001

  • U.S. policy talks a big game about reconciling with the "small t taliban," but our conflation of the Taliban and al Qaeda blocks any serious attempt at a political settlement.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • REINTEGRATING TALIBAN The Afghan government has recently refocused its efforts on reintegrating Taliban fighters back into Afghan society, targeting low-level militants who can be lured with jobs, cash and development projects for their communities.

    Reuters: Top News

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