Khan (sometimes spelled as Xan, Han, Ke-Han, Turkic: khān , Chinese: 大汗) is an originally Central Asian title for a sovereign or military ruler. It was used by the Mongols who brought it to all over Asia.
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A khan controls a khanate (sometimes spelled chanat). Whenever appropriate as ruler of a monarchy, "khan" is also translated as king or prince. (But that translation is not quite correct.) Originally khans only headed relatively minor tribes.
The title "Khan" became well known when the tribal Mongol Temüjin proved himself a military genius by creating the Mongol Empire, the greatest land empire the world ever saw, which he ruled as Genghis Khan. His title was khagan 'Khan of Khans', see below, but is often 'shortened' to Khan (rather like the Persian Shahanshah – also meaning 'King of Kings' – is usually called Shah, equally incorrect, in most Western languages) or described as 'Great Khan' (like the Ottoman Padishah being called 'Great Sultan').
Other pages [change]
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary – khan
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