- 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.
- a caravanserai; a resting-place for a travelling caravan
- 1923: ‘Guess the name of that,’ she said, pointing to her delicate parts. The porter tried this name and that and ended by asking her to tell him and cease her slapping. ‘The khān of Abu-Mansur,’ she replied. — The Thousand Nights and One Night, tr. Powys Mathers
From Persian خان (xân, “caravanserai”).