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1 a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries
2 an inn in some Eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans [syn: caravansary, caravanserai, caravan inn]

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  • /kɑ:n/

Etymology 1

From Old French chan or Latin canus, from Turkic khān ‘lord, prince’ (borrowed into Arabic, Persian, Mongolian etc.).


  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
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Persian (khān).


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

Extensive Definition

distinguish Kahn
Khan may refer to:

See also

khan in French: Khan (homonymie)
khan in Korean: 칸
khan in Dutch: Khan
khan in Japanese: ハーン (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dalai Lama, Esquire, Great Mogul, Holy Roman Emperor, Inca, Kaiser, Master, Mister, Mogul, Muslim rulers, Prinz, Sir, ardri, atheling, bey, cacique, caesar, caliph, cham, crown prince, czar, effendi, emir, hakim, heir apparent, heir presumptive, imam, kaid, king, knez, mikado, mirza, nawab, negus, nizam, padishah, pendragon, pharaoh, prince, prince consort, prince regent, princeling, princes of India, rig, sachem, sagamore, sahib, shah, shahzada, sheikh, sherif, shogun, sirdar, sire, sirrah, sultan, tenno, tycoon
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