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Etymology 1Edit

Via late Middle English from Old French chan, from Medieval Latin chanis, from Turkic *qan, contraction of *qaɣan.[1] Cognate with Old Turkic 𐰴𐰍𐰣(qaɣan), Mongolian ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (qaɣan, lord, prince) (Cyrillic: хаан (haan)), a Turkic borrowing.

NounEdit

khan (plural khans)

  1. (historical) A ruler over various Turkish, Tatar and Mongol peoples in the Middle Ages.
  2. An Ottoman sultan.
  3. A noble or man of rank in various Muslim countries of Central Asia, including Afghanistan.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Persian خان(xân, caravanserai).

NounEdit

khan (plural khans)

  1. A caravanserai; a resting-place for a travelling caravan.
    • 1923, Powys Mathers, translating The Thousand Nights and One Night:
      ‘Guess the name of that,’ she said, pointing to her delicate parts. The porter tried this name and that and ended by asking her to tell him and cease her slapping. ‘The khān of Abu-Mansur,’ she replied.
    • 1958-1994, Hamilton Gibb & CF Beckingham, in The Travels of Ibn Battutah, Folio Society 2012, page 27:
      At each of these stations there is a hostelry which they call a khan, where travellers alight with their beasts, and outside each khan is a public watering-place and a shop at which the traveller may buy what he requires for himself and his beast.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., Clarendon Press, 1989.

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CatalanEdit

NounEdit

khan m (plural khans)

  1. khan

DongxiangEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Mongolic *gal, perhaps related to Proto-Tungusic *gụl-.

Compare Mongolian гал (gal), Evenki гулдай (guldaj, to light, kindle).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /qʰaŋ/, [qʰɑ̃(ŋ)]

NounEdit

khan

  1. fire

FrenchEdit

NounEdit

khan m (plural khans)

  1. "khan"[1]

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ItalianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Turkic.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

khan m (invariable)

  1. khan

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PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

khan m (plural khans)

  1. Alternative spelling of