- a Chinese dynasty (206 220) characterized by the introduction of Buddhism, a renewal of the arts, and territorial expansion
- an ethnic group in China constituting the majority of the Chinese people and distinguished from the Manchus, Mongols, etc.
nounpl. Han, or Hans
Origin of HanMandarin Hàn the Han people, Han dynasty, the name of the Han River from Middle Chinese xan` ( the name of the people and dynasty being derived from the Old Chinese name of the river )
Origin of HanMandarin Hàn ; see Han 1.