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

  • noun A member of any of a group of tribes inhabiting the hills and plateaus of northeast Myanmar (Burma) and adjacent parts of China, Laos, and Thailand.
  • noun The Tai language of the Shan.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Shan or their language or culture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a defect in spars, most commonly from bad collared knots; an injurious compression of fiber in timber: the turning out of the cortical layers when the plank has been sawed obliquely to the central axis of the tree.
  • noun Same as shanny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A people living primarily in the Shan State of Myanmar (also known as Burma), and in adjacent areas of China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with about 6 million people.
  • noun The language of this people, in the Tai-Kadai language family.
  • noun A state in Thailand.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Shan people or the Shan language.

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

  • noun a branch of the Tai languages


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

[Burmese shán.]


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