- a title given to Genghis Khan and his successors, who ruled Mongolian and Turkic tribes of central Asia and dominated most of Asia during the Middle Ages
- a title given to various officials and dignitaries in Iran, Afghanistan, etc.
Origin of khanMiddle English c(h)aan (sp. khan since 19th circa ) ; from Old French chan or Medieval Latin canus ; from Turkic khān, lord, prince ; from Mongolian qan, qaγan
in Turkey and some other Asian countries, a public inn; caravansary
Origin of khanArabic khān
- A ruler, an official, or an important person in India and some central Asian countries.
- A medieval ruler of a Mongol, Tatar, or Turkish tribe.
Origin of khanMiddle English chan, from Old French can, from Turkish khān (from Old Turkic qaghan) and from Mongolian qā'ān, ruler.
A caravansary in certain Asian countries.
Origin of khanArabic &hlowbrev;ān, inn, from Persian khān, house, from Middle Persian.
From Persian خان (xân, “caravanserai”).