nounpl. Khitan, or Khi·tans
- A member of a Mongol people who established the Khitan Liao dynasty in Manchuria and Inner Mongolia in the 10th century.
- The language of this people.
Origin of KhitanAkin to Persian Khutan Mandarin Qìdā ( from Middle Chinese khit tan ) ultimately from the Khitan ethnic self-designation of unknown meaning