Meaning of amban in English:


Pronunciation /ˈamban/


  • Under the rule of the Qing dynasty in China: an imperial resident representing Chinese authority in Tibet, Xinjiang, Qinghai, or Inner Mongolia.

    The first ambans were appointed to Tibet in 1727, and the office continued to exist until the end of the Qing dynasty in 1912.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Hannibal Evans Lloyd (1771–1847), philologist and translator. From Manchu amban minister, governor (goes to Chinese ángbāng, ànbān, etc., Tibetan ʔam-ban).