Pronunciation: (hän), [key]
1. 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. Cf. Earlier Han, Later Han.
2. a river flowing from central China into the Yangtze at Hankow. 900 mi. (1450 km) long.
3. the Chinese people in general, esp. those not of Mongol, Manchu, Tibetan, or other non-Chinese extraction.
Pronunciation: (hän, hun), [key]
—pl. Hans, (esp. collectively) Han for 1.
1. a member of a group of Indians inhabiting the Yukon River drainage basin near the Alaska-Canada border.
2. the Athabaskan language of the Han.
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