- (in popular Chinese religion) one of a group of benevolent spirits promoting good in the world.
- (in China) a county or district.
Origin of hsien
1965–70; < Chinese (Wade-Giles) hsien1, (pinyin) xiān hermit, wizard
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Examples from the Web for hsien
Here we changed soldiers, for this was a hsien town, or district centre.A Wayfarer in China
Every hsien, city, and important town is reached by waterway.The International Development of China
Trent drew the revolver from beneath his garments; passed it to Hsien Sgam.
Now Trent halted at the break of the partition, Hsien Sgam at his side.
As Trent watched Hsien Sgam, an emotion almost of pity smote him.