[ sahn ]
/ sɑn /

noun, plural Sans, (especially collectively) San for 1.

a member of a nomadic aboriginal people of southern Africa.
any of more than a dozen related Khoisan languages spoken by the San.
Also called Bushman.

Definition for san (2 of 3)

[ sahn ]
/ sɑn /


a river in central Europe, flowing from the Carpathian Mountains in W Ukraine through SE Poland into the Vistula: battles 1914–15. About 280 miles (450 km) long.

Definition for san (3 of 3)


a suffix used in Japanese as a term of respect after names or titles: Suzuki-san; samurai-san.

Origin of -san

< Japanese, contraction of -sama suffix denoting direction, appearance, respect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for san (1 of 3)

/ (sæn) /


old-fashioned, informal short for sanatorium

British Dictionary definitions for san (2 of 3)

/ (sɑːn) /


an aboriginal people of southern Africa
a group of the Khoisan languages, spoken mostly by Bushmen

British Dictionary definitions for san (3 of 3)

/ (sɑːn) /


a river in E central Europe, rising in W Ukraine and flowing northwest across SE Poland to the Vistula River. Length: about 450 km (280 miles)
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Medical definitions for san



sinoatrial node
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