What does KHAN mean?

Definitions for KHAN
kɑn, kænkhan

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word KHAN.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. khannoun

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

  2. caravansary, caravanserai, khan, caravan innnoun

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


  1. Khannoun

    of origin used extensively among Muslims of South Asia.

  2. Khannoun

    derived from the given name.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Khannoun

    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. Khannoun

    an Eastern inn or caravansary

  3. Etymology: [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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. khan

    A title of Mongolian or Tartar sovereigns and lords. A khanate is a principality. Khagan means “khan of khans,” but has seldom been applied. The word khan is probably of the same origin as king.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Khan

    Expresses the Persian, from a Tartar word, for a lord or prince.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. KHAN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Khan is ranked #427 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Khan surname appeared 76,171 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 26 would have the surname Khan.

    81.2% or 61,889 total occurrences were Asian.
    6.8% or 5,248 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 4,014 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.8% or 2,940 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 1,676 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 411 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. hank

  2. Hank

  3. ankh

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  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

Examples of KHAN in a Sentence

  1. Princess Leia Lucas:

    My (Hebrew) name and history are As Real As The Royalty I Come From. I'm full of it, and a true Hamburger as well. My Mixed Mutt DNA includes the names: Stewart, Romanov, Grimaldi, Hassan, Kahn, Khan, Borjigin, Chakri, Nassau... and a few surprises, such as Lucas, Disney, Hyde, Hoover, Turner, Brennan, Colby, Hayden, Schlesinger, Gates, Helms,...Fisher, Ford... LOVE YOU GUYS! - From your very own: Princess, Countess...

  2. Rudy Giuliani:

    Mr Khan should be ashamed of Mr Khan. Mr Khan’s so busy attacking President Trump’s visit and, in the meantime, crime is spiraling in London. Maybe Mr Khan should just do Mr Khan job instead of attacking a world leader.

  3. Chase Millsap:

    As a Marine, Ismail Khan live by the word Semper Fidelis, which means always faithful. And that's not just something we put it on an email or say to each other, we do really mean it.

  4. Jim Woodcock:

    Reports that Doug Marrone will be dismissed after Sundays game are 100 percent incorrect. Owner Shad Khan will meet with his football staff, which includes coaching and personnel, midweek next week. After taking over on an interim basis in 2016, Marronecompiled a total record of 21-28. Earlier this week, Marrone apologized for his teams performance this season Im truly sorry I let so many down, that I couldnt have done a better job.

  5. Paul Manafort:

    The issue really is radical Islamic jihad and the risk to the American homeland, he (Khan) is not the issue. We all feel sorry for what he went through.

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