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khan1

[kahn, kan] /kɑn, kæn/
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
1350-1400; Middle English Ca(a)n, ChanTurkic Khān, apparently contraction of Khāgān, equivalent to Turkish kağan ruler

khan2

[kahn, kan] /kɑn, kæn/
noun
1.
an inn or caravansary.
Origin
1350-1400; < Arabic < Persian; replacing Middle English alchan < Arabic (al the + khān)
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British Dictionary definitions for khan's

khan1

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

khan2

/kɑːn/
noun
1.
an inn in Turkey, certain Arab countries, etc; caravanserai
Word Origin
C14: via Arabic from Persian

Khan

/kɑːn/
noun
1.
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Word Origin and History for khan's

khan

n.

c.1400, from Turkic, literally "lord, prince," contraction of khaqan "ruler, sovereign." Known in Europe since 13c., cf. Latin chanis, Greek kanes, Old French chan.

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