- 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 kh?n, lord, prince ; from Mongolian qan, qa?an
Origin of khanArabic kh?n
- 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 khan (from Old Turkic qaghan) and from Mongolian qa'an, ruler.
Origin of khanArabic &hlowbrev;an, inn, from Persian khan, house, from Middle Persian.
From Persian خان (xân, “caravanserai”).