Etymology
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khan (n.)

title of sovereign princes in Tatar counties, c. 1400, from Turkic, literally "lord, prince," contraction of khaqan "ruler, sovereign." The word has been known in the languages of Europe since 13c.; compare Medieval Latin chanis, Medieval Greek kanes, Old French chan, Russian khanu. In time it degenerated and became a title of respect. The female form is khanum (1824), from Turkish khanim.

updated on March 05, 2016

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Definitions of khan from WordNet

khan (n.)
a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries;
khan (n.)
an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans;
Synonyms: caravansary / caravanserai / caravan inn
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.