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

  • n. Archaic A Tartar or Mogul khan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Archaic spelling of khan.
  • n. An autocrat or dominant critic, especially Samuel Johnson.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sovereign prince of Tartary; -- now usually written khan.
  • transitive v. To chew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An older form of champ.
  • Awry; cam.
  • n. A former spelling of khan.


French, from Turkish khān, lord, prince; see khan1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cham, from Turkish han ("lord, prince") (borrowed into Arabic, Persian, Mongolian etc.). (Wiktionary)



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