plural noun

Tal·​i·​ban ˈtä-li-bän How to pronounce Taliban (audio)
: a fundamentalist Islamic militia in Afghanistan

Examples of Taliban in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, a temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan took effect, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal the following week. Lorenzino Estrada, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 But to Work With the Taliban How to help Afghanistan without normalizing relations. Graeme Smith, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is attending, as are 45 other foreign officials including the Saudi energy minister, Oman's minister of trade and commerce, and a senior Taliban official. Fox News, 7 June 2024 That has made the Kremlin desperate for any allies, even the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan once ostracized by Moscow as a terrorist organization. Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for Taliban 

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Word History


Pashto & Persian ṭālibān, plural of ṭālib student, seeker, from Arabic

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Taliban was in 1992

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“Taliban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Taliban. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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