- a male given name, Germanic form of John.
- a dynasty in China, 206 b.c.–a.d. 220, with an interregnum, a.d. 9–25: characterized by consolidation of the centralized imperial state and territorial expansion.Compare Earlier Han, Later Han.
- a river flowing from central China into the Yangtze at Hankow. 900 miles (1450 km) long.
- the Chinese people in general, especially those not of Mongol, Manchu, Tibetan, or other non-Chinese extraction.
- a member of a group of Indians inhabiting the Yukon River drainage basin near the Alaska-Canada border.
- the Athabaskan language of the Han.
Origin of Han2
Examples from the Web for hans
Terrified the family would be exposed as Jews, she rushed to the photographer, Hans Ballin.Nazis’ ‘Perfect Aryan’ Child Was Jewish
July 3, 2014
German Hans Zollner leads the Centre for Child Protection at the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University.Pope Francis Names His Anti-Abuse Team
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 23, 2014
I was just improvising the scene where Anna first meets Hans.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More
December 18, 2013
Recent years have turned up such greats as Richard Yates, Paula Fox, Henry Roth, Hans Fallada, and Renata Adler.Famous for Not Being Famous: Enough About ‘Stoner’
October 31, 2013
Phillips said she was influenced by her favorite Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, “The Little Match Girl,” and by Dickens.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel
October 21, 2013
I have handed it over to Hans Imhof and he has paid me another 100 florins.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
With Hans and Gutierrez, we went to the instrument room to call Hanley.
It pleased Gutierrez and Hans, for they wanted none of their comrades.
I shoved the body, encased in its black sack, with Hans helping me.
The shriek of agony from Hans loosened the arms of Heinrich.
- a river in E central China, rising in S Shaanxi and flowing southeast through Hubei to the Yangtze River at Wuhan. Length: about 1450 km (900 miles)
- the imperial dynasty that ruled China for most of the time from 206 bc to 221 ad, expanding its territory and developing its bureaucracy
- the Chinese people as contrasted to Mongols, Manchus, etc
Word Origin and History for hans
masc. proper name, a familiar shortening of German and Dutch Johannes (see John). Used figuratively for "a German" or "a Dutchman" from 1560s.
Chinese dynasty, 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E., its rule marked by prosperity, military success, and the introduction of Buddhism.