Khitan meaning

kētän
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A member of a Mongol people who established the Khitan Liao dynasty in Manchuria and Inner Mongolia in the 10th century.
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The language of this people.
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Origin of khitan

  • Akin to Persian Khutan Mandarin Qìdā (from Middle Chinese khit tan) ultimately from the Khitan ethnic self-designation of unknown meaning

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