noun, plural Shans, (especially collectively) Shan.

  1. a group of Mongoloid tribes in the hills of Burma.
  2. a language spoken in the Shan States and belonging to the Tai group of languages.


  1. plural Shans or Shan a member of a Mongoloid people living in Myanmar, Thailand, and SW China
  2. the language or group of dialects spoken by the Shan, belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family and closely related to Thai

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