af·​ghani | \ af-ˈga-nē How to pronounce afghani (audio) , -ˈgä- How to pronounce afghani (audio) \

Definition of afghani

: the basic monetary unit of Afghanistan — see Money Table

Examples of afghani in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The afghani spiked from about 81 to nearly 100 on Saturday. Matt Egan, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021 Foreign aid accounts for some 40 percent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product; the country’s currency, the afghani, has tumbled since the Taliban’s ascent. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 The local currency, the afghani, could soon collapse, now that regular deliveries of U.S. dollars to Afghanistan’s central bank have been halted. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2021 Shortly after President Ashraf Ghani’s government fell on Aug. 15, trading in the afghani, the country’s currency, slumped, falling by almost 8 percent against the U.S. dollar. NBC News, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of afghani

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afghani

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

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7 May 2022

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“Afghani.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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