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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.]
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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
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(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]
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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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During the first period of the observatory, two prominent zijes were written: al-Tusi's Zij-i ilkhani in Persian and Muhyi 1-Din al-Maghribi's Adwar al-anwar in Arabic (completed in 1275).
"Eastern planes would be able to operate in the air sector only when they are brand new and made according to our order," CAO head Mohammad Ali Ilkhani was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Iranian civil aviation agency chief Ali Ilkhani said the Tu-154M that crashed was built in 1987, was bought by Iran in 1998 and had an overhaul certificate valid until 2010, state TV said.
His Khaqani Zij was a revision of al-Tusi's Ilkhani Zij and contained geographical and trigonometric tables independent of those found in Ulugh Beg's Zij.
Abdur Razzaq Ilkhani told Pajhwok Afghan News four suspects had been detained in connection with the kidnapping as a result of an overnight rescue operation by security forces.
The decree, announced by Mohammad-Ali Ilkhani, the chief of the Civil Aviation Organization, does not forbid the purchase of used American- or European-made planes.
Due to the presence of great personalities like Syed shmsaldin, brother in law of Rashid Aldin Fazlollah Tabib Hamedani, one of the famous Mughal ministers, and his father Syed Rokn-Aldin Mohammad and also the periods of Al-Zafar, which was the capital of Shiite government and also Timurid and Ilkhani period was further considered.
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Aria Airlines, Illyushin Il-62 that crashed in Mashhad on July 24, killing 16, was attempting to land too fast, Iranian Civil Aviation Organization Director Mohammad Ali Ilkhani told state television.
After listening to the cockpit recording tape, Mohammad-Ali Ilkhani, the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, said there were distractions in the cockpit and the pilot failed to focus clearly on the landing.
This was the main issue until the end of the Ilkhani era.