khagan

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Ultimately from Old Turkic 𐰴𐰍𐰣(qaɣan).

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khagan (plural khagans)

  1. A khan of khans, a ruler of a khaganate; (the holder of) an imperial rank used among certain Turkic and Mongolian peoples, equal in status to an emperor.
    • 1988, Christina Pribićević-Zorić, translating Milorad Pavić, Dictionary of the Khazars, Vintage 1989, p. 69:
      As early as the year 740 A.D., one of the Khazar kaghans had turned to Constantinople for a missionary versed in Christian law.
    • 2007, Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the Road (Sceptre 2008), page 52:
      "A kagan is the father, the mother and the lover of all his people. Nobody would lift a hand against him," said Hanukkah.

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khagan m (plural khagans)

  1. khagan (title of imperial rank used by some Turkic and Mongolian peoples)