khan definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English c(h)aan (sp. khan since 19th circa ) ; from Old French chan or Midieval Latin canus ; from Turkic khān, lord, prince ; from Mongolian qan, qaγan
Origin: Arabic khān
khan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A ruler, an official, or an important person in India and some central Asian countries.
- A medieval ruler of a Mongol, Tartar, or Turkish tribe.
Origin: Middle English chan, from Old French can, from Turkish khān (from Old Turkic qaghan) and from Mongolian qā'ān, ruler.
Origin: Arabic ḫān, inn, from Persian khān, house, from Middle Persian.