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yuan

[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn]
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noun, plural yu·an.
  1. Also called yuan dollar. a copper coin of the Republic of China, equal to 100 cents; dollar.
  2. a paper money, brass or cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, equal to 10 jiao or 100 fen.
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Origin of yuan

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

Yuan

[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. (in the Republic of China) a department of government; council.
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Yüan

[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn]
noun
  1. the Mongol dynasty in China, 1260–1368, founded by Kublai Khan.
  2. Yüen.
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Also Pinyin, Yu·an.
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British Dictionary definitions for yuan

yuan

noun plural -an
  1. the standard monetary unit of China, divided into 10 jiao and 100 fenAlso called: renminbi, renminbi yuan
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Word Origin

from Chinese yüan round object; see yen 1

Yüan1

noun
  1. the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Chinese porcelain produced during the Yüan dynasty, characterized by the appearance of under-glaze blue-and-white ware
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Yüan2

Yen (ˈjuːˈɛn)

noun
  1. 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

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

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