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n. pl. Han or Hans
A member of the largest ethnic group of China, especially as distinguished from Manchus, Mongols, Huis, and other minority nationalities. Also called Chinese.
[Mandarin Hàn, the Han people, Han dynasty, the name of the Han River, from Middle Chinese xan` (the name of the people and dynasty being derived from the Old Chinese name of the river).]
A Chinese dynasty (206 bc-ad 220) noted for unifying and expanding its national territory and for promoting literature and the arts.
[Mandarin Hàn; see Han1.]
A river, about 1,530 km (950 mi) long, of east-central China flowing generally southeast to the Yangtze River.
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(Placename) a river in E central China, rising in S Shaanxi and flowing southeast through Hubei to the Yangtze River at Wuhan. Length: about 1450 km (900 miles)
1. (Biography) the imperial dynasty that ruled China for most of the time from 206 bc to 221 ad, expanding its territory and developing its bureaucracy
2. (Peoples) the Chinese people as contrasted to Mongols, Manchus, etc
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n., pl. Hans, (esp. collectively) Han for 3.
1. a dynasty in China, 206 b.c.–a.d. 220, characterized by consolidation of the centralized state, territorial expansion, and cultural and scientific achievements.
2. a river flowing from central China into the Chang Jiang at Wuhan. 900 mi. (1450 km) long.
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|Noun||1.||Han - imperial dynasty that ruled China (most of the time from 206 BC to AD 220) and expanded its boundaries and developed its bureaucracy; remembered as one of the great eras of Chinese civilization|
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
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