Xi'an

geographical name
Xi'·​an | \ ˈshē-ˈän How to pronounce Xi'an (audio) \
variants: or Hsi-an or formerly Changan \ ˈchäŋ-​ˈän How to pronounce Xi'an (audio) \

Definition of Xi'an

city on the Wei River in east central China population 5,853,500

Note: Xi'an is the capital of the province of Shaanxi.

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“Xi'an.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xi%27an. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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