1. (obsolete) plural simple present of have#English|have

  • (British) IPA: /hɑn/
  • (America) IPA: /hɑn/
Proper noun
  1. 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 eclectism of political thought during the Han is reflected in Liu Hsiang's evaluation of Shang Yang.
  2. The Chinese ethnicity, when distinguished from other peoples of the Chinese state
    • Trade was the major economic link between Tibet and other regions in China. Special economic systems (estate, serfdom) made it impossible for Han immigrants to engage in agriculture and animal husbandry in Tibet. The geographic features of the plateau (high elevation, rarefied air, mountains, etc.) limited the volume of trade and migration between Tibet and other regions.
      According to the 2000 census, the Han make up 92 percent of China's population; the minority groups combine for about 8 percent (about 106 million people).
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • Portuguese: han
  • Russian: Хань
  • French: Han
  • German: Han, Han-Chinesen
  • Portuguese: han
  • Russian: хань
Proper noun
  1. An ancient Chinese county, viscounty, and kingdom of the Zhou dynasty and the QinHan interregnum
  2. The realm of this former state under other rulers
  3. (astronomy) The star Zeta Ophiuchi in traditional Chinese astronomy, named for this state
  4. Surname
Proper noun
  1. A First Nations people of Canada and an Alaska Native Athabaskan people of the Athabaskan-speaking ethnolinguistic group.
  2. The Northern Athabaskan language spoken by the Han people, or Hän Hwëch'in, in Alaska and the Yukon.

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