khan

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See also: Khan, khàn, and khăn

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Etymology 1[edit]

Via late Middle English from Old French chan, from Medieval Latin chanis, from Turkic kan ‎(prince, lord)/khan, contraction of khaqan ‎(sovereign, ruler).[1] Related to Mongolian ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ ‎(khan, lord, prince).

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khan ‎(plural khans)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From Persian خان ‎(xân, caravanserai).

Noun[edit]

khan ‎(plural khans)

  1. A caravanserai; a resting-place for a travelling caravan.
    • 1923, The Thousand Nights and One Night, translated by Powys Mathers:
      ‘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.

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khan m (plural khans)

  1. Alternative spelling of