khan

1 [kahn, kan]
noun
1.
(in the Altaic group of languages) a title held by hereditary rulers or tribal chiefs.
2.
the supreme ruler of the Tatar tribes, as well as emperor of China, during the Middle Ages: a descendant of Genghis Khan.
3.
a title of respect used in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and other countries of Asia.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English Ca(a)n, ChanTurkic Khān, apparently contraction of Khāgān, equivalent to Turkish kağan ruler

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khan

2 [kahn, kan]
noun
an inn or caravansary.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Arabic < Persian; replacing Middle English alchan < Arabic (al the + khān)

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khan1 (kɑːn)
 
n
1.  a.  (formerly) a title borne by medieval Chinese emperors and Mongol and Turkic rulers: usually added to a name: Kublai Khan
 b.  such a ruler
2.  a title of respect borne by important personages in Afghanistan and central Asia
 
[C14: from Old French caan, from Medieval Latin caanus, from Turkish khān, contraction of khāqān ruler]

khan2 (kɑːn)
 
n
an inn in Turkey, certain Arab countries, etc; caravanserai
 
[C14: via Arabic from Persian]

Khan (kɑːn)
 
n
See Imran Khan

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khan
c.1400, from Turk., lit. "lord, prince," contraction of khaqan "ruler, sovereign." Known in Europe since 13c., cf. L. chanis, Gk. kanes, O.Fr. chan.
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