San

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[sahn]
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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.

San

2
[sahn]

noun

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.

-san

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
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san

noun

old-fashioned, informal short for sanatorium

San

1

noun

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

San

2

noun

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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Word Origin and History for san

Japanese honorific title, 1878, short form of more formal sama.

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san in Medicine

SAN

abbr.

sinoatrial node
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