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Etymology 1

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Clipping of channel.

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chan (plural chans)

  1. (Internet, informal) An IRC channel.
    • 1997, Dominic Donegan, “Is there a #nethack chan on IRC?”, in rec.games.roguelike.nethack (Usenet):
      I tried, but I never get anyone in the chan! I don't know how/where to advertise... maybe we should set up a meeting time or something?
    • 1999, Jonny Durango, “IMPORTANT NEWS FOR AHM IRC CHAN!!!”, in alt.hackers.malicious (Usenet):
      If you don't have your password set within a week I'll remove you from the userlist and I'll add you again next time I see you in the chan and make sure you set a pass.
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Etymology 2

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From 4chan, a popular imageboard; ultimately from channel.

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chan (plural chans)

  1. (Internet, informal) An imageboard.
    more niche chans
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Antillean Creole

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Etymology

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From French champ.

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chan

  1. free space; open land

Ch'orti'

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Etymology

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From Proto-Mayan *kaahn.

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chan

  1. snake

Galician

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A view of the Terra Chá ("Level Country"), Lugo, Galicia

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Etymology

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From Old Galician-Portuguese chão, from Latin plānum. Compare Portuguese chão, Spanish llano.

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Noun

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chan m (plural chans)

  1. floor
    Synonym: solo
  2. ground
    Synonym: solo
  3. (geography) plateau

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chan (feminine chá, masculine plural chans, feminine plural chás)

  1. level; flat
  2. plain

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References

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  • Ernesto González Seoane, María Álvarez de la Granja, Ana Isabel Boullón Agrelo (20062022) “chao”, in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval (in Galician), Santiago de Compostela: ILG
  • Xavier Varela Barreiro, Xavier Gómez Guinovart (20062018) “chão”, in Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval (in Galician), Santiago de Compostela: ILG
  • chan” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006–2013.
  • chan” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • chan” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Hokkien

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For pronunciation and definitions of chan – see (“already; ever; once; previously; etc.”).
(This term is the pe̍h-ōe-jī form of ).

Irish

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Etymology 1

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From Middle Irish nocon, nochon, from Old Irish nícon, nacon, from con.

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  • (before a, o, u, fha, fho, fhu) IPA(key): [xan̪ˠ]
  • (before e, i, fhe, fhi) IPA(key): [xanʲ]

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chan

  1. (Ulster) not
    Chan ólann sé.He does not drink.
    Chan fhanann sé.He will not wait.
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Used only in some varieties of Ulster Irish. Used only before a vowel sound.

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  • (used in Munster Irish, Connacht Irish, and some varieties of Ulster Irish)
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  • cha (used before a consonant)
  • char (used with the past tense)

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Verb

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chan

  1. past analytic of can
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  • chanas (1st person sing. synthetic, nonstandard)
  • chanais (2d person sing. synthetic, nonstandard)
  • chanamar (1st person pl. synthetic)
  • chanabhar (2d person pl. synthetic, nonstandard)
  • chanadar (3d person pl. synthetic, nonstandard)
  • canadh (autonomous)

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Japanese

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Romanization

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chan

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ちゃん

Ladino

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Noun

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chan m (Latin spelling)

  1. bell

Mandarin

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chan

  1. Nonstandard spelling of chān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of chán.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of chǎn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of chàn.

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  • Transcriptions of Mandarin into the Latin script often do not distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without indication of tone.

Nafaanra

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chan

  1. vagina

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Old Occitan

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Etymology

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Deverbal of chantar.

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chan m (oblique plural chans, nominative singular chans, nominative plural chan)

  1. song
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Pipil

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Etymology

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From Proto-Nahuan *chaːn-. Compare Classical Nahuatl chāntli (home).

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  • (standard) IPA(key): /t͡ʃaŋ/

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-chan

  1. at or to one's home or house
    Tiajket ka nuchan pal titakwat
    We went to my house to eat

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Polish

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From Turkish kan (prince, lord)/khān, contraction of khaqan (sovereign, ruler).

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chan m pers

  1. khan (ruler)

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Further reading

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  • chan in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • chan in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English chan.

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chan m (plural chans)

  1. (Internet) chan, imageboard
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Romansch

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Etymology

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From Latin canis, canem.

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chan m (plural chans)

  1. (Vallader) (male) dog

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Scottish Gaelic

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Etymology 1

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From Middle Irish nochan, from Old Irish nícon, from (not) + con (toward). Cognates include Irish chan and Manx chan.

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chan

  1. Form of cha used before vowels and fh-
    Chan fhaca mi i.I haven't seen her.
    Chan eil mi fuar.I am not cold.
    An t-aran, chan ùr e.The bread, it's not fresh.

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chan

  1. inflection of can:
    1. negative dependent future
    2. past (rare, usually thuirt)

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Spanish

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Etymology

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From Classical Nahuatl chian, obsolete spelling of chiyan (chia). This is the same source as chía, which lost the final n in Mexican dialects.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃan/ [ˈt͡ʃãn]
  • Rhymes: -an
  • Syllabification: chan

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chan m (plural chanes)

  1. (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras) Alternative form of chía

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  • Ayerca, Ricardo & Coates, Wayne (2005: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs, p. 64

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Tzeltal

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Etymology

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From Proto-Mayan *kaahn.

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chan

  1. snake

Tzotzil

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chan

  1. (transitive) to learn

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Vietnamese

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chan (, 𬉌)

  1. to pour sauce, soup or broth over solid food
    chan canh/mắmto pour broth/nước mắm

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Welsh

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Noun

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chan

  1. Aspirate mutation of can.

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
can gan nghan chan
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Yucatec Maya

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chan

  1. small
    Synonyms: chichan; mejen