Han, Han dynasty

(noun) imperial dynasty that ruled China (most of the time from 206 BC to AD 220) and expanded its boundaries and developed its bureaucracy; remembered as one of the great eras of Chinese civilization

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1

Proper noun


An imperial Chinese dynasty, ruling (with interruptions) from 206 BC to AD 220, marked by the expansion of the Yellow River's Huaxia culture to the recent conquests of the Qin and a flowering of economic, literary, and scientific development

The Chinese ethnicity, when distinguished from other peoples of the Chinese state


• Han Chinese (ethnicity)

Etymology 2

Proper noun


An ancient Chinese county, viscounty, and kingdom of the Zhou dynasty and the Qin–Han interregnum

The realm of this former state under other rulers

(astronomy) The star Zeta Ophiuchi in traditional Chinese astronomy, named for this state

A surname.

Etymology 3

Proper noun

Han (plural Hans)

A Korean surname.

Etymology 4

Proper noun


A First Nations people of Canada and an Alaska Native Athabaskan people of the Athabaskan-speaking ethnolinguistic group.

The Northern Athabaskan language spoken by the Han people, or Hän Hwëch'in, in Alaska and the Yukon.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Han is the 1,182nd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 29,847 individuals. Han is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (92.67%) individuals.


• HNA, Nah., ahn, nah




(obsolete) plural simple present of have


• HNA, Nah., ahn, nah

Source: Wiktionary

Han, Etym: contr. inf. & plural pres. of Haven.

Definition: To have; have. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. Him thanken all, and thus they han an end. Chaucer.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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