What does SHAN mean?

Definitions for SHAN
ʃɑn, ʃænshan

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tai Long, Shannoun

    a branch of the Tai languages


  1. shanadjective


    Here man! that's pure shan that like

  2. shanadjective


  3. Shannoun

    A people living primarily in the Shan State of Myanmar (also known as Burma), and in adjacent areas of China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with about 6 million people.

  4. Shannoun

    Of or pertaining to the Shan people or the Shan language.

  5. Shannoun

    The language of this people, in the Tai-Kadai language family.

  6. Shannoun

    A state in Thailand.


  1. shan

    The term "Shan" is primarily used in two contexts. 1) Ethnic Group: The Shan are a Tai ethnic group native to Southeast Asia, primarily Myanmar (Burma). They primarily occupy the Shan State and are known for their distinct culture, language, and practicing Buddhism. 2) Geographical: It also refers to Shan state, located in eastern Myanmar, bordering China, Laos, and Thailand. This region is predominantly inhabited by the Shan ethnic group. In other contexts, Shan can also be a Chinese first name. Its meaning varies based on the specific characters used to write it; it can sometimes mean mountain, coral or color, among others.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shan

    shan, adj. pertaining to the Shans, a number of tribes of common origin, who live on the borders of Burma, Siam, and China.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shan

    A defect in spars, most commonly from bad collared knots; an injurious compression of fibres in timber: the turning out of the cortical layers when the plank has been sawed obliquely to the central axis of the tree.

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  1. shan

    The shan symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the shan symbol and its characteristic.

  2. SHAN

    What does SHAN stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the SHAN acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHAN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shan is ranked #14268 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shan surname appeared 2,099 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Shan.

    64.7% or 1,360 total occurrences were Asian.
    22.7% or 478 total occurrences were White.
    8.7% or 184 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 36 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 34 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.3% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for SHAN »

  1. Hans

  2. HANS

  3. Nash

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SHAN in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SHAN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of SHAN in a Sentence

  1. Naung Latt:

    Before, I thought only people of Kachin and Shan ethnicity were using drugs, but there are now many people who come from different parts of the country, using drugs and losing their lives.

  2. Aye Tun Maung:

    It's Rohingya killing the Rakhine. Some of the dead are also Bamar and Shan.

  3. Sao Yoon Paing:

    Most of the military are Burmese, they bully the Shan people.

  4. Zaw Htay:

    As far as I know, the Shan groups are attacking the bases of the army and fighting each other.

  5. Aye Tun Maung:

    It's just talk when the police say 'no Rohingya are involved', it's Rohingya killing the Rakhine. Some of the dead are also Bamar and Shan.

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  • David Bryant
    David Bryant
    isnt there a shan river in Ireland.?
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a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
  • A. abash
  • B. efface
  • C. affront
  • D. famish

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