yuan

[ yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn ]
/ yuˈɑn; Chinese yüɑn /
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noun, plural yu·an.

Also called yuan dollar. a copper coin of the Republic of China, equal to 100 cents; dollar.
a paper money, brass or cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, equal to 10 jiao or 100 fen.

Origin of yuan

1915–20; < Chinese yuán literally, round, circular; cf. yen1

Definition for yuan (2 of 3)

Yuan

[ yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn ]
/ yuˈɑn; Chinese yüɑn /

noun (sometimes lowercase)

(in the Republic of China) a department of government; council.

Definition for yuan (3 of 3)

Yüan

[ yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn ]
/ yuˈɑn; Chinese yüɑn /

noun

the Mongol dynasty in China, 1260–1368, founded by Kublai Khan.
Also Pinyin, Yu·an.
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British Dictionary definitions for yuan (1 of 3)

yuan

/ (ˈjuːˈæn) /

noun plural -an

the standard monetary unit of China, divided into 10 jiao and 100 fenAlso called: renminbi, renminbi yuan

Word Origin for yuan

from Chinese yüan round object; see yen 1

British Dictionary definitions for yuan (2 of 3)

Yüan

1
/ (ˈjuːˈæn) /

noun

the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368

adjective

of or relating to the Chinese porcelain produced during the Yüan dynasty, characterized by the appearance of under-glaze blue-and-white ware

British Dictionary definitions for yuan (3 of 3)

Yüan

2

Yen (ˈjuːˈɛn)

/ (ˈjuːˈæn) /

noun

a river in SE central China, rising in central Guizhou province and flowing northeast to Lake Tungting. Length: about 800 km (500 miles)
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Word Origin and History for yuan

yuan


Chinese unit of currency introduced 1914, from Chinese yuan "round, round object, circle."

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