[ shahn, shan ]

noun,plural Shans, (especially collectively) Shan.
  1. a group of Mongoloid tribes in the hills of Myanmar (Burma).

  2. a language spoken in the Shan States and belonging to the Tai group of languages.

Words Nearby Shan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Shan in a sentence

  • In olden times the place was unknown, but can be doubtfully identified with A-nok-ta-Shan in the annotation of Shui-ching.

British Dictionary definitions for Shan


/ (ʃɑːn) /

  1. plural Shans or Shan a member of a Mongoloid people living in Myanmar, Thailand, and SW China

  2. the language or group of dialects spoken by the Shan, belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family and closely related to Thai

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