khan

1
[ kahn, kan ]
/ kɑn, kæn /

noun

(in the Altaic group of languages) a title held by hereditary rulers or tribal chiefs.
the supreme ruler of the Tatar tribes, as well as emperor of China, during the Middle Ages: a descendant of Genghis Khan.
a title of respect used in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and other countries of Asia.

Nearby words

  1. khama,
  2. khama, sir seretse,
  3. khambhat,
  4. khamenei,
  5. khamsin,
  6. khanate,
  7. khanbalik,
  8. khanda,
  9. khanga,
  10. khania

Origin of khan

1
1350–1400; Middle English Ca(a)n, ChanTurkic Khān, apparently contraction of Khāgān, equivalent to Turkish kağan ruler

khan

2
[ kahn, kan ]
/ kɑn, kæn /

noun

an inn or caravansary.

Origin of khan

2
1350–1400; < Arabic < Persian; replacing Middle English alchan < Arabic (al the + khān)

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British Dictionary definitions for khan

khan

1
/ (kɑːn) /

noun

  1. (formerly) a title borne by medieval Chinese emperors and Mongol and Turkic rulers: usually added to a nameKublai Khan
  2. such a ruler
a title of respect borne by important personages in Afghanistan and central Asia

Word Origin for khan

C14: from Old French caan, from Medieval Latin caanus, from Turkish khān, contraction of khāqān ruler

noun

an inn in Turkey, certain Arab countries, etc; caravanserai

Word Origin for khan

C14: via Arabic from Persian

Khan

/ (kɑːn) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for khan

khan

n.

c.1400, from Turkic, literally "lord, prince," contraction of khaqan "ruler, sovereign." Known in Europe since 13c., cf. Latin chanis, Greek kanes, Old French chan.

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