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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Example sentences for khan
The khan of the horde, or the czar, was very far away from them.
Unfortunately malik raja ibn khan could not start the work in his lifetime.
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