khan

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See also: Khan, khán, khàn, and khăn

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Etymology 1[edit]

Via late Middle English can, chan from Old French chan, from Medieval Latin chanis, from Turkic *qan, contraction of *qaɣan.[1] Cognate with Old Turkic 𐰴𐰍𐰣(qaɣan), and Mongolian ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (qaɣan), хаан (khaan).

Noun[edit]

khan (plural khans)

  1. (historical) A ruler over various Turkish, Tatar and Mongol peoples in the Middle Ages.
  2. An Ottoman sultan.
  3. A noble or man of rank in various Muslim countries of Central Asia, including Afghanistan.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Persian خان(xân, caravanserai).

Noun[edit]

khan (plural khans)

  1. A caravanserai; a resting-place for a travelling caravan.
    • 1923, Powys Mathers, translating The Thousand Nights and One Night:
      ‘Guess the name of that,’ she said, pointing to her delicate parts. The porter tried this name and that and ended by asking her to tell him and cease her slapping. ‘The khān of Abu-Mansur,’ she replied.
    • 1958-1994, Hamilton Gibb & CF Beckingham, in The Travels of Ibn Battutah, Folio Society 2012, page 27:
      At each of these stations there is a hostelry which they call a khan, where travellers alight with their beasts, and outside each khan is a public watering-place and a shop at which the traveller may buy what he requires for himself and his beast.

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  1. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., Clarendon Press, 1989.

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Atong (India)[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.).

Noun[edit]

khan

  1. cassava, tapioca

Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.).

Classifier[edit]

khan

  1. (classifier for objects like log-boats)

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Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

khan m (plural khans)

  1. khan

Dongxiang[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Mongolic *gal, perhaps related to Proto-Tungusic *gụl-.

Compare Mongolian гал (gal), Evenki гулдай (guldaj, to light, kindle).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /qʰaŋ/, [qʰɑ̃(ŋ)]

Noun[edit]

khan

  1. fire

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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khan m (plural khans)

  1. (historical) A khan (Turkic, Tatar or Mongolic ruler).
  2. A khan (nobleman in various Central Asian countries).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French chan, from Medieval Latin canus, caanus, of Turkic origin, from Old Turkic xān (xān, Central Asian khan), probably ultimately of non-Turkic (Central Asian) origin.[1]

Noun[edit]

khan m (plural khans)

  1. khan[2]

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French chan, from Medieval Latin canus, caanus, of Turkic origin, from Old Turkic xān (xān, Central Asian khan), probably ultimately of non-Turkic (Central Asian) origin.[1]

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Noun[edit]

khan m (invariable)

  1. khan

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Turkic.

Noun[edit]

khan m (definite singular khanen, indefinite plural khanar, definite plural khanane)

  1. khan

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

khan m (plural khans)

  1. Alternative spelling of

Vietnamese[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

khan

  1. dried up; dry
  2. rare; scarce

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Adjective[edit]

khan

  1. hoarse; husky