- 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
in Turkey and some other Asian countries, a public inn; caravansary
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 khanUltimately (partly via Urdu, khān ) from Persian khān from Old Turkic xān title of subordinate Central Asian khans akin to Old Turkic xāğān overlord of other khans probably of non-Turkic Central Asian origin Sense 2, from Middle English caan, chan from Old French kaan ultimately ( partly via Mongol qā'ān ) from Old Turkic xāğān
A caravansary in certain Asian countries.
Origin of khanArabic &hlowbrev;ān inn from Persian khān house from Middle Persian
From Persian خان (xân, “caravanserai”).