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See also: shan, shán, shàn, shān, shǎn, and s'han


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Several Shan people participate in a deer ceremony.

Etymology 1[edit]

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  1. A people living primarily in the Shan State of Myanmar (also known as Burma), and in adjacent areas of China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with about 6 million people.
  2. The language of this people, in the Tai-Kadai language family.
  3. A state in Thailand.


Shan (plural Shans)

  1. A member of this people.


Shan (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Shan people or the Shan language.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (Shān).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. The Shan Pass: a mountain pass in Shanzhou, Henan, through which the Yellow River flows into the North China Plain.