noun, plural Shans, (especially collectively) Shan.
- a group of Mongoloid tribes in the hills of Burma.
- a language spoken in the Shan States and belonging to the Tai group of languages.
- plural Shans or Shan a member of a Mongoloid people living in Myanmar, Thailand, and SW China
- the language or group of dialects spoken by the Shan, belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family and closely related to Thai