Definitions for khankɑn, kæn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

khankɑn, kæn(n.)

  1. a title borne by rulers of the empire founded by Genghis Khan, and of the states that succeeded his empire in Asia and European Russia.

    Category: Western History

  2. a title of respect used in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and other countries of Asia.

Origin of khan:

1350–1400; ME Ca(a)n, Chan ult. < medieval Turkic xān

khan′ate(n.)

khankɑn, kæn(n.)

  1. an inn or caravansary.

Origin of khan:

1350–1400; earlier kanne, cane, ME alchan蠐 Ar khān < Pers

Princeton's WordNet

  1. khan(noun)

    a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries

  2. caravansary, caravanserai, khan, caravan inn(noun)

    an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans

Wiktionary

  1. Khan(ProperNoun)

    of origin used extensively among Muslims of South Asia.

  2. Khan(ProperNoun)

    derived from the given name.

  3. Origin: From Persian خانه (xâne) which means house.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Khan(noun)

    a king; a prince; a chief; a governor; -- so called among the Tartars, Turks, and Persians, and in countries now or formerly governed by them

  2. Khan(noun)

    an Eastern inn or caravansary

Freebase

  1. Khan

    Kaan/Khan/ Kahn / Kagan is an originally Mongol and subsequently Central Asian title for a sovereign or military ruler, widely used by medieval nomadic Turko-Mongol tribes living to the north of China. "Khan" is also seen as a title in the Xianbei confederation for their chief between 283 and 289. The Rourans were the first people who used the titles Khagan and Khan for their emperors, replacing the Chanyu of the Xiongnu, whom Grousset and others assume to be Turkic. It was subsequently adopted by the Ashina before the Göktürks and the Mongols brought it to the rest of Asia. In the middle of the sixth century it was known as "Kagan – King of the Turks" to the Persians. It now has many equivalent meanings such as commander, leader, or ruler. Presently Khans exist in South Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Turkey. The female alternatives are Khatun and Khanum, These titles or names are sometimes written as Han, Kan, Hakan, Hanum, or Hatun, "xan", "xanım". Various Mongolic and Turkic peoples from Central Asia had given the title new prominence after the Mongol rule throughout the Old World and later brought the title "Khan" into Northern Asia. which later was adopted by locals in the country as a title. Khagan is rendered as Khan of Khans and was the title of Genghis Khan and the persons who are elected to rule the Mongol Empire. For instance Möngke Khan and Ogedei Khan would be "Khagans," but not Chagatai Khan who was not proclaimed ruler of the Mongol Empire by the kurultai.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Khan

    the title of a Tartar sovereign or prince; also an Eastern inn or caravansary.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

towel(noun)

a piece of any of several types of absorbent cloth or paper for drying oneself, dishes etc after washing etc

After her swim she dried herself with a towel; a roll of paper kitchen towels.

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