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[kan-zuh n] /ˈkæn zən/
a native or inhabitant of Kansas.
Geology. the Kansan Stage.
of or relating to the state of Kansas.
Geology. of or relating to the second stage of the Pleistocene glaciation of North America.
Origin of Kansan
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; Kans(as) + -an
Related forms
post-Kansan, adjective Unabridged
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  • On all sides could be heard the slightly-drawling speech of the Kansan.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • "Take a survey," directed the Kansan, with a sweep of his hand.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • "Here are some gents what are looking for you, Merry," called the Kansan.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • Only one Kansan has made a speech that thrilled the world and is immortal.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • Three species of Kansan birds can be placed in this category (Table 1).

    The Breeding Birds of Kansas Richard F. Johnston
  • The sight that met them was so astonishing that for a second the Kansan could not move.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • He proved to be a Kansan and he told us interesting things about the State.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street
  • He saw the "make-up," and recognized the clothes as some he had seen on the Kansan.

    Frank Merriwell's Reward Burt L. Standish
  • Frank sung out, as the Kansan's knuckles hammered on the door.

    Frank Merriwell's Reward Burt L. Standish
  • But he asserted his belief that the Kansan was all right at heart.

    Frank Merriwell's Reward Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for Kansan


a native or inhabitant of Kansas
of or relating to Kansas or its inhabitants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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