What does khan mean?

Definitions for khankɑn, kæn

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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


  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

  3. Origin: [Pers. & Tart. khn.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Khan

    kan, n. an Eastern inn, a caravansary. [Turk.,—Pers. khāna, a house, a tent.]

  2. Khan

    kan, n. in North Asia, a prince or chief: in Persia, a governor.—n. Khan′ate, the dominion or jurisdiction of a khan. [Pers. khān, lord or prince, a Tartar word.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Khan

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

Anagrams for khan »

  1. hank, Hank

  2. ankh


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of khan in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of khan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Paul Ryan:

    Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example, his sacrifice - and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan - should always be honored. Period.

  2. Anthony Wells:

    There's a chance that there are people who are almost subconsciously put off (voting for Khan) by the dog-whistle racism ... people who wouldn't like to say 'I'm not going to vote for Sadiq Khan', but will have a wobble at the ballot box.

  3. Prosecutor Naeem Khan:

    During the trial, all the 10 persons had admitted and confessed their role in Malala's attack before the judge of anti-terrorism court. But only two of them, Izhar Khan and Israrullah Khan, were convicted while the remaining eight were freed on April 30, 2015.

  4. Hans Albrecht Bethe:

    If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.

  5. Louis Niessen:

    Louis Niessen and Jahangir Khan failure to provide health care for many leads to a lot of human suffering and loss of important adults in Louis Niessen and Jahangir Khan lives as they die prematurely, up to ten to twenty years too early or remain with disability from stroke or from a more classical tropical condition.

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