Yüan

[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn]
Also Pinyin, Yu·an.
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British Dictionary definitions for yüan

Yüan

1
noun
  1. the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368
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

Yüan

2

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)

yuan

noun plural -an
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for yüan

yuan

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

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