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khan

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[ kahn, kan ]
/ kɑn, kæn /
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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.
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Also Archaic, cham [kam] /kæm/ .

Origin of khan

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English Ca(a)n, Chan, ultimately from Turkic Khān, apparently contraction of Khāgān, equivalent to Turkish kağan “ruler”

Other definitions for khan (2 of 2)

khan2
[ kahn, kan ]
/ kɑn, kæn /

noun
an inn or caravansary.

Origin of khan

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1350–1400; <Arabic <Persian; replacing Middle English alchan<Arabic (al the + khān)
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British Dictionary definitions for khan (1 of 3)

khan1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for khan (2 of 3)

khan2
/ (kɑːn) /

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

Word Origin for khan

C14: via Arabic from Persian

British Dictionary definitions for khan (3 of 3)

Khan
/ (kɑːn) /

noun
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