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khan1 US English

A title given to rulers and officials in central Asia, Afghanistan, and certain other Muslim countries

khan2 US English

(In the Middle East) an inn for travelers, built around a central courtyard

Khan, Imran US English

(B.1952), Pakistani cricketer; full name Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi. An all-rounder, he served as Pakistan’s captain in four periods between 1982 and 1992. After retiring from cricket in 1992, he entered politics in Pakistan

Khan, Jahangir US English

(B.1963), Pakistani squash player. In 1979 he became world amateur champion at the age of 15; after turning professional he was world squash champion five consecutive times (1981-5), and again in 1988

Aga Khan US English

The title of the spiritual leader of the Nizari sect of Ismaili Muslims. The first Aga Khan was given his title in 1818 by the shah of Persia. The present (fourth) Aga Khan (Karim al-Hussain Shah, b.1937) inherited the title in 1957

Khan, Ayub US English

See Ayub Khan, Muhammad.

Kublai Khan US English

(1215–94), Mongol emperor of China; grandson of Genghis Khan. With his brother Mangu (then Mongol Khan), he conquered southern China (1252–59). After Mangu’s death in 1259, he completed the conquest of China, founded the Yuan dynasty, and established his capital on the site of modern Beijing

Genghis Khan US English

(1162–1227), founder of the Mongol empire; born Temujin. He took the name Genghis Khan (“ruler of all”) in 1206 after uniting the nomadic Mongol tribes. When he died, his empire extended from China to the Black Sea. His grandson Kublai Khan completed the conquest of China

Ayub Khan, Muhammad US English

(1907–74), Pakistani soldier and statesman; president 1958–69

Pahlavi1 US English

Reza (1878–1944), ruled 1925–41; born Reza Khan. An army officer, he took control of the Persian government after a coup in 1921. He was elected shah in 1925 but abdicated following the occupation of Iran by British and Soviet forces

Reza Khan in Pahlavi1 US English

Reza (1878–1944), ruled 1925–41; born Reza Khan. An army officer, he took control of the Persian government after a coup in 1921. He was elected shah in 1925 but abdicated following the occupation of Iran by British and Soviet forces

Joffrey, Robert US English

(1930–88) US ballet dancer and choreographer; born Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan. He founded the Joffrey Ballet in the 1950s, affiliating with NewYork’s Lincoln Center in 1966

Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi in Khan, Imran US English

(B.1952), Pakistani cricketer; full name Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi. An all-rounder, he served as Pakistan’s captain in four periods between 1982 and 1992. After retiring from cricket in 1992, he entered politics in Pakistan

Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan in Joffrey, Robert US English

(1930–88) US ballet dancer and choreographer; born Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan. He founded the Joffrey Ballet in the 1950s, affiliating with NewYork’s Lincoln Center in 1966

khan1 New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

title of rulers in central Asia, Afghanistan, etc.

khan2 New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

inn for travellers in the Middle East

Aga Khan New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

spiritual leader of the Nizari sect of Ismaili Muslims

Kublai Khan New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(1216–94), Mongol emperor of China

Genghis Khan New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(1162–1227), founder of the Mongol empire; born Temujin

Genghis Khan English-Spanish

Gengis Kan


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