Definitions

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

  • See Xi'an.

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

  • n. a city of central China; capital of ancient Chinese empire 221-206 BC

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Examples

  • After thirteen nerve-wracking days filled with wild rumors that the Japanese had murdered Wainwright, the OSS team flashed the news that they had plucked Skinny from the POW camp at Hsian and were bringing him back to safety.

    A Covert Affair

  • Hsian-yün walk in in full dress, to bid them adieu, as she said that some one had been sent from her home to fetch her away.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • Dulkor brought in Aarhl, accused of stealing three barrels of molasses from the loading dock of the factor Hsian.

    Colors of Chaos

  • But while these words were still on his lips, he unexpectedly caught sight of Shih Hsian-yün walk in in full dress, to bid them adieu, as she said that some one had been sent from her home to fetch her away.

    Hung Lou Meng, Book II Or, the Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese Novel in Two Books

  • Continuing, she motioned to Mrs. Hsüeh and 'sister-in-law' Li to take the upper seats on the side of honour, and, making herself comfortable on the west, she bade the three cousins Pao-ch'in, Tai-yü and Hsian-yün sit close to her on the left and on the right.

    Hung Lou Meng, Book II Or, the Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese Novel in Two Books

  • One day in 1901 while the court was absent at Hsian, and the front gate of the Forbidden City was guarded by our ` ` boys in blue, '' I obtained a pass and visited the imperial palace.

    Court Life In China

  • In Hsian, books have been purchased by all classes from the governor of the province down to the humblest scholar, and the aristocracy have organized classes, and are inviting the foreigners to lecture to them.

    Court Life In China

  • ` ` We remained with my uncle until the close of the Boxer trouble, and until my grandfather's return from Hsian where he had gone with the Empress Dowager and the court, and then I came back to Peking. ''

    Court Life In China

  • From their exile in Hsian decrees continued to be issued in his name, and when affairs began to be adjusted, and the allies insisted on setting aside forever the pretentions of the anti-foreign Prince Tuan and his son, banishing the former to perpetual exile, our hopes ran high that the Emperor would be restored to his throne.

    Court Life In China

  • IN June, 1902, soon after the return of the court from Hsian to Peking, a company of ladies from the various legations in Peking who had received invitations to an audience and a banquet with the Empress Dowager were asked to meet at one of the legations for the purpose of consultation.

    Court Life In China

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