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As a supplementary, is -stan related to 'sthan' (Sanskrit)?

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  • Dictionary.com appears to answer this. If it doesn't, please edit the question to explain the deficiency. – Andrew Leach Apr 7 '15 at 15:04
  • The answer to this can be easily found by looking up the suffix on Etymonline, which is one of the websites that count as General Reference here. If you’re looking specifically for Sanskrit cognates, it is related to the very common verb tiṣṭhati ‘to stand’. I am not familiar with the word sthan (स्थन्), but it looks quite odd as a Sanskrit word, and no online dictionary I can find has it. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 7 '15 at 15:10
  • I think it is, it has to be sthan's variation. 'Sthan' is an archaic term for 'place' in Hindi. Hindustan (Hindu+sthan) means place of Hindus, Pakistan (Pak, meaning sacred+sthan) means a sacred place. Then there is Afghanistan place of Afghans and so on. My answer would be yes, 'stan' is a variation of 'sthan' from Sankrit/Hindi. – Andy Semyonov Apr 7 '15 at 17:46
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    In addition to etymonline that @JanusBahsJacquet mentioned, also see the Wikipedia article on the suffix -stan. It is from Persian -stān, which is cognate with Sanskrit स्थान (sthāna). (That is, the suffix -stan in the place names is not from Sanskrit, but both the Persian root and the Sanskrit root have a common origin.) – ShreevatsaR May 3 '15 at 16:51

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