There are 2 definitions of khan in English:

khan1

Syllabification: khan
Pronunciation: /kän
 
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noun

  • 1A title given to rulers and officials in central Asia, Afghanistan, and certain other Muslim countries.
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    • In the nineteenth century, the Caucasus and Central Asia were places of untrammeled brigandage and intermittent rebellion, marked by the rule of unpredictable kings and khans.
    • In Qutaifah we were told by several local people that there was no khan in their town, only the Khan al-Arus some kilometers away.
    • Finally the Russians split Azerbaijan's territory with Persia in 1828 by the Treaty of Turkmenchay, establishing the present frontiers and extinguishing the last native dynasties of local Azerbaijani khans.
  • 1.1Any of the successors of Genghis Khan, supreme rulers of the Turkish, Tartar, and Mongol peoples and emperors of China in the Middle Ages.
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    • He walked his audience through a litany of invaders: Mongol khans, Turkish beys, Swedish feudal lords, Polish and Lithuanian gentry, British and French capitalists, Japanese barons.
    • From rival tribes, the Tibetans were united in the sixth century; they were led by strong tribal leaders until the thirteenth century, when Mongol khans created a theocracy under their Buddhist spiritual advisors.
    • The rulers of Moscow rose to pre-eminence among the scattered principalities as agents of the Mongol khans, who employed them to maintain order in their Russian realm and collect the tribute.

Derivatives

khanate

Pronunciation: /ˈkänāt/
noun
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  • Built in 1792 as a summer retreat, it's a charming legacy of the days when Azerbaijan was a chaotic jumble of rival khanates and principalities.
  • The struggle between Russia and Great Britain in the late nineteenth century saw major Central Asian khanates, such as Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent, fall under Russian influence.
  • All three khanates fell to the Russians between 1865 and 1873.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French chan, medieval Latin canus, caanus, from Turkic ḵān 'lord, prince'.

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There are 2 definitions of khan in English:

khan2

Syllabification: khan
Pronunciation: /
 
kän/

noun

  • (In the Middle East) an inn for travelers, built around a central courtyard.
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    • However, I have since found two eighteenth-century accounts of traveling between Aleppo and Damascus by English travelers, who both report staying at a khan in Qutaifah.

Origin

from Persian ḵān.

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