/ (məˈtʃɑːn) /

  1. (in India) a raised platform used in tiger hunting

Origin of machan

C19: from Hindi

Words Nearby machan

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How to use machan in a sentence

  • It will carry two thousand picos of brass bracelets, which cost five taes six maçes, and seven taes per pico delivered in machan.

  • It is sold among the Portuguese at machan for seven or eight taes, according to its quality.

  • The Portuguese pay anchorage at machan according to the beam and length of their ships, and whether they enter light or laden.

  • Then the two men settled back on the springy, woven floor of the machan to a wait in the mysterious night of a tropical jungle.

    The Three Sapphires | W. A. Fraser
  • Nobody shoots over it, so that entices the animals; but Prince Ananda has a roomy machan there with an electric light in it.

    The Three Sapphires | W. A. Fraser