Definitions

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

  • A city of central China southwest of Beijing. The capital (221-206 B.C.) of the Qin dynasty, it is a major commercial center and the capital of Shaanxi province. Population: 2,580,000.

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  • proper n. a city in central China and the capital of Shaanxi province.

Etymologies

From Chinese 西 (xī) and (ān) - "Western calm". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • First stop was Xi'an, which is quickly becoming a destination for luxury brands.

  • Poly Real Estate rose 1.5%, China Merchants Property advanced 0.8% and Xi'an Gree Real Estate rose 1.5%.

    European, Asian Shares Gain

  • Liu Xiao/Xinhua/Zuma Press A fire-breathing performance at a temple fair in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi province, Wednesday

    Asia in Pictures

  • ChinaFotoPress/Zumapress.com A customer looked at oil-paper umbrellas in Xi'an, China's Shaanxi province, on Thursday.

    Asia in Pictures

  • Their international reputation continues to grow: In April, an installation of red bridges popping up above a sea of swaying trees will be the centerpiece at the 2011 Xi'an International Horticultural Exhibition in China; next year, the Jubilee Gardens on the Thames will debut at the 2012 London Olympics.

    On the Cutting Hedge

  • Rooney Chen/Reuters Employees lifted an oil painting called 'Big Airplane' as they prepared for an art exhibition in a gallery in Xi'an, China's Shaanxi province Thursday.

    Asia in Pictures

  • Liu Xiao/Xinhua/Zumapress.com Soliders threw a retired solider into the air at the railway station of Xi'an, China's Shaanxi province, on Friday.

    Asia in Pictures

  • BYD received a 2.95 million yuan ($442,000) fine and will have the factories in Xi'an, Shaanxi confiscated, according to a statement posted today on the Ministry of Land and Resources website.

    Warren Buffett's Company Fined, Factories Confiscated In Land Dispute

  • The Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, China are also on my list, a lucky friend of mine was able to go down into the pit and stand right next to them.

    Stacie Krajchir: Stacie Krajchir: Bravo's China Chow on Travel Hits and Misses

  • Home Depot now operates a total of six stores in Tianjin, an eastern port city that is one of China's biggest municipalities, and Xi'an, capital of the central Chinese province of Shaanxi, a company spokesman said.

    Home Depot Shuts Last Beijing Store

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