Han

noun \ ˈhän \

Definition of Han

1 : a Chinese dynasty dated 206b.c.a.d.220 and marked by centralized control through an appointive bureaucracy, a revival of learning, and the penetration of Buddhism
2 : the Chinese peoples especially as distinguished from non-Chinese (such as Mongolian) elements in the population

Origin and Etymology of han

Chinese (Beijing) Hàn


Han

geographical name \ ˈhän \

Definition of Han

1 river in the provinces of Shaanxi and Hubei, east central China, flowing southeast into the Chang (Yangtze) River
2 river about 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in north central South Korea flowing west and northwest into the Yellow Sea

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