Definitions for pakistanˈpæk əˌstæn, ˌpɑ kəˈstɑn
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Pak•i•stanˈpæk əˌstæn, ˌpɑ kəˈstɑn(n.)
(n.)Islamic Republic of, a republic in S Asia, between India and Afghanistan: formerly part of British India; known as West Pakistan from 1947–71 to distinguish it from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). 138,123,359; 307,293 sq. mi. (796,095 sq. km).
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Cap.: Islamabad.
Pakistan, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, West Pakistan(noun)
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
Country in South Asia. Official name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Origin: From Urdu and Persian "Land of the Pure", from پاک and 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.