[yah-muh n]


(in the Chinese Empire) the residence or office of a public official.

Origin of yamen

1820–30; < Chinese yámen ( office + mén gate)
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Historical Examples of yamen

  • The yamen is surrounded by an extensive park, in which is some good timber.


    Sir Henry Arthur Blake

  • The social side of the life of a Chinese mandarin is not confined to his own yamen.


    Sir Henry Arthur Blake

  • During the day a secretary arrived from the yamen to interview the Ministers.

    With the Allies to Pekin

    George Alfred Henty

  • His yamen was built in the usual Chinese style and was 316 surrounded by a wall.

  • So my husband was just starting for the yamen to tell the tale.

    Intimate China

    Mrs. Archibald Little

British Dictionary definitions for yamen



(in imperial China) the office or residence of a public official

Word Origin for yamen

C19: from Chinese, from ya general's office + měn gate
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