Han

noun
\ ˈhän How to pronounce Han (audio) \

Definition of Han

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Han

geographical name
\ ˈhän How to pronounce Han (audio) \

Definition of Han (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of Han

Noun

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Han

Noun

Chinese (Beijing) Hàn

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“Han.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Han. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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