- a male given name, Germanic form of John.
- a dynasty in China, 206 b.c.–a.d. 220, with an interregnum, a.d. 9–25: characterized by consolidation of the centralized imperial state and territorial expansion.Compare Earlier Han, Later Han.
- a river flowing from central China into the Yangtze at Hankow. 900 miles (1450 km) long.
- the Chinese people in general, especially those not of Mongol, Manchu, Tibetan, or other non-Chinese extraction.
noun, plural Hans, (especially collectively) Han for 1.
- a member of a group of Indians inhabiting the Yukon River drainage basin near the Alaska-Canada border.
- the Athabaskan language of the Han.
- a river in E central China, rising in S Shaanxi and flowing southeast through Hubei to the Yangtze River at Wuhan. Length: about 1450 km (900 miles)
- the imperial dynasty that ruled China for most of the time from 206 bc to 221 ad, expanding its territory and developing its bureaucracy
- the Chinese people as contrasted to Mongols, Manchus, etc
masc. proper name, a familiar shortening of German and Dutch Johannes (see John). Used figuratively for “a German” or “a Dutchman” from 1560s.
Chinese dynasty, 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E., its rule marked by prosperity, military success, and the introduction of Buddhism.