- 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: ME c(h)aan (sp. khan since 19th c.) < OFr chan or ML canus < Turkic khān, lord, prince < Mongolian qan, qaγan
Origin: Ar khān
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- 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.