[ shyuhn ]

noun,plural hsien.
  1. (in popular Chinese religion) one of a group of benevolent spirits promoting good in the world.

  2. (in China) a county or district.

Origin of hsien

First recorded in 1965–70; from Chinese (Wade-Giles) hsien1, (Pinyin) xiān “hermit, wizard”
  • Also Pinyin, xian .

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How to use hsien in a sentence

  • To save expense, some make the whole ascent of one hundred and twenty li from Omei-hsien in a day.

    A Wayfarer in China | Elizabeth Kendall
  • Nothing of great importance is known about Fa-hsien in addition to what may be gathered from his own record of his travels.

  • Fa-hsien and the rest, however, through the liberality of Foo Kung-sun, managed to go straight forward in a south-west direction.

  • Fa-hsien and the others went forward to the kingdom of Tsze-hoh, which it took them twenty-five days to reach.

  • Here Fa-hsien stayed two years, writing out his Sutras, and drawing pictures of images.