• an (Pinyin without tones)
  • (Traditional Chinese)
  • (Simplified Chinese)
  • ān (Pinyin)1
  • an (Wade-Giles)


    literally: a cottage or hut; in a religious context a hermitage, sanctuary; often a convent (Kroll 2015, 2; Guo 2002, 16; Hanyu dacidian (online edition)).2


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  • 1 漢語大詞典編纂処. 2011. 漢語大詞典, digital.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 2.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; GUO. 2002. A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture, 16.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; 漢語大詞典編纂処. 2011. 漢語大詞典, digital.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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CMW S21, “ ān.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 21, 2018. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000031.

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