af·​ghani af-ˈga-nē How to pronounce afghani (audio) -ˈgä- How to pronounce afghani (audio)
: the basic monetary unit of Afghanistan see Money Table

Examples of afghani in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Shafiullah, Safi stood in a parallel queue of porters with wheelbarrows helping ferry recipients’ aid packages to vehicles or homes for 30 afghani, about 34 cents. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 His rent has increased by 500 afghani — almost $6 — in the last few months. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 The afghani has continued to depreciate against the U.S. dollar since the Taliban took over more than two months ago. Arkansas Online, 4 Nov. 2021 But the exchange rate started to weaken about a month ago, and on Wednesday, the afghani reached a record low of 86 to the U.S. dollar, according to Bloomberg data. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Naser Ali, a property dealer in the city, first visited Maihan in October, paying 150 afghani ($1.73) for a 45-minute cryptocurrency training session and then registering an account with Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange. Eltaf Najafizada, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2022 The value of the afghani had dropped suddenly; people wanted dollars. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 Failing to get that assistance is likely to spur an economic meltdown, with the government — which needs aid to cover three-quarters of its expenses — unable to bring in foreign currency and prevent the fall of the afghani against the dollar. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Hospitals are desperately short of medicines, up to 95 percent of all households face food shortages, the poverty level is soaring toward 90 percent and the afghani, the national currency, is in free fall. NBC News, 18 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Persian afghānī, literally, "of the Pashtuns"

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afghani was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Afghani.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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