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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the principal ethnic group of China, constituting about 93 percent of the population, especially as distinguished from Manchus, Mongols, Huis, and other minority nationalities. Also called Chinese, Han Chinese.
  • A Chinese dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220) noted for unifying and expanding its national territory and for promoting literature and the arts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. the ancient dynasty in the mainland China, dated 206 BCE - 220 CE around the Parthian times, and marked by the stable feudal system, and the fusion of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.
  • proper n. the Chinese population and culture, as distinguished from the surroundings, especially in ancient times.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To have; have.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old present indicative plural and infinitive of have, contracted from haven.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. imperial dynasty that ruled China (most of the time from 206 BC to AD 220) and expanded its boundaries and developed its bureaucracy; remembered as one of the great eras of Chinese civilization

Etymologies

Chinese (Mandarin) Hàn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mandarin: trad. , simpl. (pinyin: hàn) (Wiktionary)

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