[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn]
- the Mongol dynasty in China, 1260–1368, founded by Kublai Khan.
Also Pinyin, Yu·an.
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- the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368
- of or relating to the Chinese porcelain produced during the Yüan dynasty, characterized by the appearance of under-glaze blue-and-white ware
- a river in SE central China, rising in central Guizhou province and flowing northeast to Lake Tungting. Length: about 800 km (500 miles)
- 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
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Chinese unit of currency introduced 1914, from Chinese yuan "round, round object, circle."
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