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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Khan, Amir
▪ It is time for us to take our cue from Buku khan and tackle the linguistic landscape of the Tarim Basin.
▪ Some, like the notable khans of Aleppo, still survive today.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cham \Cham\ (k[a^]m), n. [See Khan.] The sovereign prince of Tartary; -- now usually written khan.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, from Turkic, literally "lord, prince," contraction of khaqan "ruler, sovereign." Known in Europe since 13c.; compare Medieval Latin chanis, Greek kanes, Old French chan.


Etymology 1 n. 1 After Genghis Khan, a ruler over various Turkish, Tatar and Mongol peoples in the Middle Ages. 2 An Ottoman sultan. 3 A noble or man of rank in various Muslim countries of Central Asia, including Afghanistan. Etymology 2

n. A caravanserai; a resting-place for a travelling caravan.

  1. n. a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries

  2. an inn in some Eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans [syn: caravansary, caravanserai, caravan inn]

Khan (title)

Khan, Kahn (; ; Azerbaijani: xan; Ottoman: han; Old Turkic: , kaɣan; Chinese: 可汗, kèhán; Goguryeo : 皆, key; Silla: 干, kan; Baekje: 瑕, ke; Manchu: , Pashto: خان , Balochi: خان Hindi: ख़ान; Nepali: खाँ Bengali: খ়ান; Bulgarian: хан, Chuvash: хун, hun) is originally a title for a sovereign or a military ruler, widely used by medieval nomadic Mongolic and later Turkic tribes living to the north of China. "Khan" also occurs as a title in the Xianbei confederation for their chief between 283 and 289. The Rourans were the first people who used the titles khagan and khan for their emperors. Subsequently the Ashina adopted the title and brought it to the rest of Asia. In the middle of the sixth century the Iranians knew of a "Kagan – King of the Turks".

Khan now has many equivalent meanings such as "commander", "leader", or "ruler" "king" "chief". khans exist in South Asia, Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Turkey. The female alternatives are Khatun and Khanum. These titles or names are sometimes written as Han, Kan, Hakan, Hanum, or Hatun (in Turkey) and as "xan", "xanım" (in Azerbaijan). Various Mongolic and Turkic peoples from Central Asia gave the title new prominence after period of the Mongol Empire (1206–1368) in the Old World and later brought the title "khan" into Northern Asia, where locals later adopted it. Khagan is rendered as Khan of Khans. It was the title of Chinese Emperor Emperor Taizong of Tang ( Heavenly Khagan, reigned 626 to 649), and also the title of Genghis Khan and of the persons selected to rule the Mongol Empire. For instance Möngke Khan (reigned 1251-1259) and Ogedei Khan (reigned 1229-1241) would be "Khagans" but not Chagatai Khan, who was not proclaimed ruler of the Mongol Empire by the kurultai.


Khan or KHAN may refer to:

  • Khan (title), a title for a ruler in Turkic and Mongolian languages and used by various ethnicities
    • Genghis Khan, founder and emperor of the Mongol Empire
  • Khan (surname), a family name
  • Khagan, the royal title of the ruler of the Mongol Empire
Khan (surname)

Khan ( Pashto: خان , Persian: خان, Bengali: খাঁন, Balochi: ) is a surname and title of Mongolian origin.


KHAN (99.5 FM) was a radio station licensed to Chugwater, Wyoming, USA. The station was owned by Victor Michael, Jr. and Van Michael through licensee Michael Radio Group.

Khan (band)

Khan were an English progressive rock band of the Canterbury Scene during 1971-1972.

Formed by Steve Hillage from Uriel, the initial line-up was Steve Hillage (guitar), Nick Greenwood (bass guitar, from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown), Dick Heninghem (organ) and Pip Pyle (percussion). Pyle quickly moved on to Gong and by the time the band played its first gig in June 1971 he had been replaced by Eric Peachey (from Dr. K’s Blues Band). In October 1971 Dick Heninghem left as well, replaced by Dave Stewart for the duration of the album sessions.

The album Space Shanty was released in June 1972, followed by a UK tour supporting Caravan, for which Canadian organist Val Stevens joined. The songs on Space Shanty have some of the most emotion-filled and gloriously picturesque lyrics and compositions out of the whole Canterbury scene/sound. Songs like "Stranded" and "Driving To Amsterdam" attempt atmospheres reminiscent of Uriah Heep's epic ballads (something not often done in a direct and dedicated way in the Canterbury scene - while Kevin Ayers may be comparable, a key difference is that Hillage's lyrics and compositions aren't detached or ironic).

In the summer of 1972, Hillage put together a new version of the band, retaining Peachey but adding Dave Stewart on keyboards and Nigel Griggs on bass. New material was written and rehearsed, and a few live performances took place in September–October 1972, but Decca's refusal to commit to the release of a second album led Hillage to break up the band and join Kevin Ayers's band, then Gong. Some material on Steve Hillage's first solo album, Fish Rising, was originally planned for Khan's aborted second album.

While in Gong, Hillage continued to write riffs but the larger musical dimension drew more from Daevid Allen's psychedelic lyrics and story concepts. Hillage's solo work also mostly sees him playing within the more typical Canterbury jazz/prog ( Caravan etc.), leaving the emotional record Space Shanty to be a fairly unusual 'one-off' type of recording.

Usage examples of "khan".

Shere Khan was always crossing his path in the jungle, for as Akela grew older and feebler the lame tiger had come to be great friends with the younger wolves of the Pack, who followed him for scraps, a thing Akela would never have allowed if he had dared to push his authority to the proper bounds.

When they were all gathered together, Shere Khan began to speak--a thing he would never have dared to do when Akela was in his prime.

Khan turned away from his view of the city to behold, to his surprise and dismay, the Lady Ament striding toward him across the rampart.

Now I observed lines of priests wrapped in great capes, kneeling upon the face of the rock and engaged apparently in prayer, but of Hes the Mother, or of Atene, or of the corpse of the dead Khan I could see nothing.

There, too, standing near to her were the Khania Atene and her uncle the old Shaman, who looked but ill at ease, and lastly, stretched upon his funeral couch, the fiery light beating upon his stark form and face, lay the dead Khan, Rassen.

When did you first know, bahadur, that it was Ali Khan, not I, who had been taken prisoner?

Surajah Dowlat, and, with the same ceremony, to substitute Ali Khan in his room, who was publicly acknowledged by the people as suba, or viceroy, of the provinces of Bengal, Banar, and Orixa.

Akbar Khan rode off alone to a nearby village, while the two daffadars prepared a frugal meal of chapattis and dried fish and fed and watered the weary bullocks.

They left as they had come, the daffadars driving the bullock cart, and Akbar Khan riding ahead of them on his swaybacked country-bred horse, his turbaned head held high.

Gray half expected more darklings to move out of the shadows at them, and the Khan, at his waist, almost vibrated with eagerness, but .

In theory, there should have been nothing the meddling American could do to derail Gomorrah, but Khan was not inclined to take chances where Seven was concerned.

So now, at a hint from Nana Sahib, the Dewan seized upon Ajeet, voicing a righteous indignation at his crime of decoity, and gave him the alternative of being strangled with a bow-string or forcing the Gulab to go to the camp of Amir Khan to betray him.

And he had known his Amir Khan well when he had told the Dewan that the fierce Pindari was gentle enough when it came to a matter of feminine beauty, for Bootea made an impression.

And, Dewani, this restless cuss, Amir Khan, might make a treaty with the English any time.

Und efen if der Great Khan iss dead, they are going first to conquer Italy and Burgundy and France and eferything.