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


From a transliteration of the Chinese pronunciation of 西安 (pinyin: Xī'ān). (Wiktionary)
From Χ, the first letter of Greek Χριστος (Christos, meaning Christ). (Wiktionary)


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

    Smiling recipient means face transplants may be new option

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hui Xian, which is controlled by Li Ka-shing, the father of PCCW Chief Executive Officer What's News US

  • Played In: 仙剑3 aka Chinese Paladin 3 aka Xian Jian 3 aka Fairy Sword 3 - Business News

  • The map above is not entirely accurate for those who know the geographies. e.g.among places excluded in the "island" are Xian which is part of the "China proper", historically, politically and demographically, and a number of other locations such as Liaodong penisular.

    John Mauldin's "geopolitics of China"


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