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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.
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Origin of hsien

1965–70; < Chinese (Wade-Giles) hsien1, (pinyin) xiān hermit, wizard
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Historical Examples of hsien

  • Here we changed soldiers, for this was a hsien town, or district centre.

    A Wayfarer in China

    Elizabeth Kendall

  • Every hsien, city, and important town is reached by waterway.

  • Trent drew the revolver from beneath his garments; passed it to Hsien Sgam.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey

  • Now Trent halted at the break of the partition, Hsien Sgam at his side.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey

  • As Trent watched Hsien Sgam, an emotion almost of pity smote him.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey