Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a Mongol people who established the Khitan Liao dynasty in Manchuria and Inner Mongolia in the 10th century.
  • noun The language of this people.

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  • proper noun An extinct Mongolic language once spoken in the northern China.
  • proper noun Ancient nomadic people who lived in that area.

Etymologies

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

[Akin to Persian Khutan and Mandarin Qìdā (from Middle Chinese khit tan), ultimately from the Khitan ethnic self-designation of unknown meaning.]

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Origin uncertain. Cognate with Chinese 契丹 (Qìdān), Spanish Catay, Portuguese Catai, Russian Китай, and English Cathay.

Examples

  • Here and there were rugs of that silk known as Khitan which is practically indestructible.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • Here and there were rugs of that silk known as Khitan which is practically indestructible.

    The Conquering Sword Of Conan

  • Here and there were rugs of that silk known as Khitan which is practically indestructible.

    The Conan Chronicles

  • Here and there were rugs of that silk known as Khitan which is practically indestructible.

    Red Nails

  • Here and there were rugs of that silk known as Khitan which is practically indestructible.

    Conan The Warrior

  • Here and there were rugs of that silk known as Khitan which is practically indestructible.

    Conan The Warrior

  • It was not that she had been unaware of Chin Kou, but the Khitan was a merchant's niece and surely merchants 'nieces did not think and feel in the same way as a woman born of the Kshatriya blood.

    Conan The Victorious

  • As they advanced without opposition, Conan became sure that the Khitan was the only sentry in the cleft.

    Conan the Wanderer

  • The Khitan was a slim, dainty, foppish little man with a soft, lisping voice.

    Conan of Cimmeria

  • After Genghis Khan defeated the Jin Dynasty, he told the Khitan prince, Chu'Tsai, that the prince's forefathers had been avenged.

    How to Be a Conqueror

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