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khan 1

 (kän, kăn)
1. A ruler, an official, or an important person in India and some central Asian countries.
2. A medieval ruler of a Mongol, Tatar, or Turkish tribe.

[Ultimately (partly via Urdu, khān) from Persian khān, from Old Turkic xān, title of subordinate Central Asian khans; akin to Old Turkic xāğān, overlord of other khans, probably of non-Turkic Central Asian origin. Sense 2, from Middle English caan, chan, from Old French kaan, ultimately (partly via Mongol qā'ān) from Old Turkic xāğān.]

khan 2

 (kän, kăn)
A caravansary in certain Asian countries.

[Arabic ḫān, inn, from Persian khān, house, from Middle Persian.]


1. (Historical Terms)
a. (formerly) a title borne by medieval Chinese emperors and Mongol and Turkic rulers: usually added to a name: Kublai Khan.
b. such a ruler
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a title of respect borne by important personages in Afghanistan and central Asia
[C14: from Old French caan, from Medieval Latin caanus, from Turkish khān, contraction of khāqān ruler]


an inn in Turkey, certain Arab countries, etc; caravanserai
[C14: via Arabic from Persian ]


(Biography) See Imran Khan


(kɑn, kæn)

1. a title borne by rulers of the empire founded by Genghis Khan, and of the states that succeeded his empire in Asia and European Russia.
2. a title of respect used in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and other countries of Asia.
[1350–1400; Middle English Ca(a)n, Chan ultimately < medieval Turkic xān]
khan′ate, n.


(kɑn, kæn)

an inn or caravansary.
[1350–1400; earlier kanne, cane, Middle English alchan « Arabic khān < Persian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.khan - a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countrieskhan - a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
2.khan - an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravanskhan - an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
auberge, hostel, hostelry, inn, lodge - a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
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The country bought 100 passenger planes and renovated another 150 planes, Managing Director of Iran's Airports Company Mohammad Ali Ilkhani said in June, 2014.
Selected arch Drawing type Common periods Sharp round lachak -- Safavid, Qajar arch Normal 5 o 7 arch Four compass Teimouri to present Sharp 5 o 7 arch Four compass Safavid to present Quasi-Kelil (bus -- Qajar shaped) Two and three -- Ilkhani and Teimouri parts square arch Pa-to-pa arch Teimouri ro present (foot to foot) Selected arch Used samples Sharp round lachak -- arch Normal 5 o 7 arch Porch in Shahr Banou Beigom house Sharp 5 o 7 arch Porches in Seiyed Reza and Ali Kazim houses Quasi-Kelil (bus Seyed Hossein shaped) house porch- northern porches in Do-Soofeh house and western room and Ostad Ali house Two and three -- parts square arch Pa-to-pa arch Southern porch (foot to foot) in Do-Soffeh house Table 7: A Summary of comparative topics, source: author.
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