noun \ˈkän also ˈkan\

Definition of KHAN

:  a medieval sovereign of China and ruler over the Turkish, Tatar, and Mongol tribes
:  a local chieftain or man of rank in some countries of central Asia

Origin of KHAN

Middle English caan, from Middle French kan, kaan, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish han prince
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of KHAN

:  a caravansary or rest house in some Asian countries

Origin of KHAN

Arabic khān
First Known Use: 1614

Rhymes with KHAN


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Historically, the ruler or monarch of a Mongol tribe. Early on a distinction was made between the title of khan and that of khakan, or “great khan.” Later the term khan was adopted by the Seljuq and Khwarezm-Shah dynasties as a title for the highest nobility. Gradually it became an affix to the name of any Muslim property owner. Today it is often used as a surname.


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