Definitions

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  • noun Abbreviation of Christian.
  • adjective Abbreviation of Christian.
  • proper noun Common misspelling of Xi'an., a city in central China and the capital of Shaanxi province; formerly spelled Sian in Postal System Pinyin.

Etymologies

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From Χ, the first letter of Greek Χριστος (Christos, meaning Christ).

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From a transliteration of the Chinese pronunciation of 西安 (pinyin: Xī'ān).

Examples

  • Li Guoxing, China's first face transplant recipient who was mauled by a bear, gets a check up from a doctor at the Xijing Hospital in Xian, China in April 2006.

    Smiling recipient means face transplants may be new option

  • Surgeons in Xian gave him a new nose, upper lip and cheek from a donor.

    Smiling recipient means face transplants may be new option

  • UPDATE: This photo taken in Xian by BB reader Blake Stone-Banks reveals that the unrecycling bins are sometimes emblazoned with a perfectly bizarro unrecycling logo.

    Boing Boing

  • I remember being approached by a Chinese Christian in Xian, (there's some irony there, I suppose), who didn't seem to have very firm grasp of his apparently new-found faith.

    Boing Boing: July 17, 2005 - July 23, 2005 Archives

  • They ate this kind of cooked metallic ore ball that was called Xian Dan pronounced shyen dahn, which means saint’s ball.

    Tao II

  • They ate this kind of cooked metallic ore ball that was called Xian Dan pronounced shyen dahn, which means saint’s ball.

    Tao II

  • They ate this kind of cooked metallic ore ball that was called Xian Dan pronounced shyen dahn, which means saint’s ball.

    Tao II

  • They ate this kind of cooked metallic ore ball that was called Xian Dan pronounced shyen dahn, which means saint’s ball.

    Tao II

  • Since 2003, children born in the village have been registered with the family name Xian, rather than Shan.

    Daily News & Analysis

  • They're hunting Kotaro because it is has been prophesised that his blood can be used in a sacrificial ritual to create an immortality elixir called the Xian Medicine, but the youngster is proving to be elusive prey.

    DVD Times

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