khan

1 of 2

noun (1)

1
: a medieval sovereign of China and ruler over the Turkish, Tatar, and Mongol tribes
2
: a local chieftain or man of rank in some countries of central Asia

khan

2 of 2

noun (2)

: a caravansary or rest house in some Asian countries

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English caan, from Middle French kan, kaan, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish han prince

Noun (2)

Arabic khān

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of khan was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Khan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/khan. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

khan

noun

ˈkän,
ˈkan
1
: a Mongolian leader
2
: a local chieftain or man of rank in some countries of central Asia
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