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a japanese honorific, or suffix added to the end of one's name. chan is usually used when:

1. the person is a small child, ie, younger sibling or friends sibling

2. the person is cute, usually younger, usually a girl

3. can be used on pet cats, dogs, etc..

-chan is mostly used by those in the anime community in america. chan is not often used unless you are familiar with that person and they are younger then you, or they are someone you are familiar with's younger sibling. since chan can mean cute, some boys looking to be manly may be a bit offended by it. also, it should be noted that the suffix chan is used mostly among friends. you wouldnt greet a freshman you dont know as chan, but perhaps as <their name>-kohai. (kohai meaning something along the lines of lower classman)
1. Oh look! its my little brother! hello Jay-chan!

2. look at Felicia-chan's cute dress ^-^

3. Here comes Kitty-chan! What fluffy paws she has!
by the TRUE [11] October 05, 2005
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Used in japanese language, after a person's name, often used to represent friendship or affection.

My recommendation is that you use it, sparingly, with a person of the opposite gender which you are attracted to, or already dating (for example). It should be used sparingly because he/she may not get it and may ensue egopatriotic attitudes against you for your multicultural behavior.
"*hugs* Lita-chan! ^.^"
by Dave January 14, 2004
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Japanese term of endearment. Normally used for a female, exceptions are often made for young children. Usually used with a first name. Sometimes used between people who are dating.
Hoshiko-chan, ogenki desu ka? (Hoshiko, are you well/how are you?)
by Bean-chan July 13, 2006
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An emotional support kpop boy that will actually support you and listen to your concerns and help you in any way possible, he will give you a hug in a heartbeat
"He makes me feel so loved and appreciated he's really Chan huh"
by AngelChan April 14, 2019
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"chan," usually used in the plural as "chans," can refer to the large array of English-language websites that were inspired by the japanese imageboard 2channel. The largest and most influential of the "chans" is the popular website 4chan, although there are many other similar websites such as 7chan, 420chan, wakachan, iichan, not4chan, gurochan, fchan, sidechan, renchan, and so on and so on.

Their characteristic features are anonymous posting, content being quickly deleted once it becomes old, "sage"-ing, and an idiosyncratic and strange culture.
"Yeah, I browse the chans a lot...4chan mostly, but gurochan when I need some fapping material."
by einhorn303 January 13, 2007
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Affectionate and personal Japanese suffix, attached to a shortened version of one's personal name. In Japan, one never does this to anyone above them, only those lower or equal.
My name is Mineko, but Okasan(Mother) calls me Mine-chan.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 14, 2007
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