Khan meaning

kän, kăn
A ruler, an official, or an important person in India and some central Asian countries.
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A medieval ruler of a Mongol, Tatar, or Turkish tribe.
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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.
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In Turkey and some other Asian countries, a public inn; caravansary.
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A noble or man of rank in various Muslim countries of Central Asia, including Afghanistan.
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A caravansary in certain Asian countries.
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A title given to various officials and dignitaries in Iran, Afghanistan, etc.
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A caravanserai; a resting-place for a travelling caravan.

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A male given name used extensively among Muslims of South Asia.
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A surname​ derived from the given name.
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After Genghis Khan, a ruler over various Turkish, Tatar and Mongol peoples in the Middle Ages.
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Origin of khan

  • Middle English chan from Old French can from Turkish khān (from Old Turkic qaghan) and from Mongolian qā'ān ruler

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Arabic ḫān inn from Persian khān house from Middle Persian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French chan or Latin chanis, from Mongolian ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (“lord, prince”) (borrowed into Arabic, Persian, Turkish etc.).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Turkish Kağan, from Mongolian хаан (haan).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Persian خان (xân, “caravanserai”).

    From Wiktionary