Definition of "khan" []

  • A ruler, an official, or an important person in India and some central Asian countries. (noun)
  • A medieval ruler of a Mongol, Tartar, or Turkish tribe. (noun)
  • A caravansary in certain Asian countries. (noun)
  • (formerly) a title borne by medieval Chinese emperors and Mongol and Turkic rulers: usually added to a name (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Such a ruler (noun)
  • A title of respect borne by important personages in Afghanistan and central Asia (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "khan" in a sentence
  • "October 5th, 2009 6: 19 pm ET ah … they are just letting me win. rakin khan, Toronto"
  • "The immediate jurisdiction of the khan is confined within the limits of his own tribe; and the exercise of his royal prerogative has been moderated by the ancient institution of a national council."
  • "After the murder of his father Karzai inherited the title khan ( "head") of the 500,000-strong Popolzai — the Pashtoon clan of Ahmad Shah Durrani, the Persian army commander who conquered the southern Afghan city of Kandahar and in 1747 became the first king of Afghanistan."