- (in the Chinese Empire) the residence or office of a public official.
Origin of yamen
1820–30; < Chinese yámen (yá office + mén gate)
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Examples from the Web for yamen
Until recently Yamen had lived his entire life in Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus.
“When I was younger I wanted to learn Hebrew,” 23-year-old Palestinian named Yamen told me recently in Amman, Jordan.
The yamen is surrounded by an extensive park, in which is some good timber.
The social side of the life of a Chinese mandarin is not confined to his own yamen.
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.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)
So my husband was just starting for the yamen to tell the tale.Intimate China
Mrs. Archibald Little
- (in imperial China) the office or residence of a public official
C19: from Chinese, from ya general's office + měn gate
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