khan

noun (1)
\ ˈkän How to pronounce khan (audio) also ˈkan How to pronounce khan (audio) \

Definition of khan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun (2)

Definition of khan (Entry 2 of 2)

: a caravansary or rest house in some Asian countries

First Known Use of khan

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for khan

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Arabic khān

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“Khan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/khan. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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