Hu·​nan ˈhü-ˈnän How to pronounce Hunan (audio)
variants or Hunanese
: of, relating to, or being a hot and spicy style of Chinese cooking

Word History


Hunan, China

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hunan was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Hunan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Hu·​nan ˈhü-ˈnän How to pronounce Hunan (audio)
province of southeast central China; capital Changsha area 81,274 square miles (211,312 square kilometers), population 65,700,762

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