: 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
: the Chinese peoples especially as distinguished from non-Chinese (such as Mongolian) elements in the population

Word History


Chinese (Beijing) Hàn

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Han was in 1736

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Cite this Entry

“Han.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Han. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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

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