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Etymology 1Edit

From Cantonese (can4).

Proper nounEdit

Chan

  1. A Chinese surname from Cantonese.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Hokkien (Chan).

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Chan

  1. A Chinese surname from Hokkien.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Mandarin (Zhān).

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Chan

  1. A surname from Chinese.
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Etymology 4Edit

Borrowed from the pinyin romanization of the Mandarin pronunciation of Chinese (Chán), a development and clipping of Middle Chinese 禪那 (/d͡ʑiᴇn.nɑ/), a transcription of Sanskrit ध्यान (dhyana, literally meditation). Doublet of dhyana and Zen.

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NounEdit

Chan (uncountable)

  1. (Buddhism) A major Chinese school of Mahayana Buddhism characterized by sudden enlightenment achieved by indirect means, developed in Japan as Zen.
    • [1964, Lee, Sherman E., “The Rise of the Arts of Painting and Ceramics in China”, in A History of Far Eastern Art[1], New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, LCCN 64-11575, OCLC 327329, page 261, column 2:
      It is possible that highly calligraphic painting styles, including the extreme forms of “flung-ink,” began at this time, but probably not under Ch’an Buddhist influence, which figured in the religious life of the dynasty.]
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The Chinese school and its masters are most often encountered in English under their Japanese names. When Chan is encountered, it is usually pointedly giving primacy to the Chinese schools which developed the major doctrines or attempting to distinguish particularly Chinese elements from those found in Japanese Zen.

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Chan m

  1. khan

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TagalogEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃan/, [ˈt͡ʃɐn]

Etymology 1Edit

From Spanish Chan, from Hokkien (Chan). Doublet of Chang.

Proper nounEdit

Chan

  1. a surname from Min Nan (Hokkien) of Chinese origin

Etymology 2Edit

From English Chan, from Cantonese (Can4). Doublet of Tan and Chen.

Proper nounEdit

Chan

  1. a surname from Cantonese of Chinese origin