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yuan

[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn] /yuˈɑn; Chinese yüɑn/
noun, plural yuan.
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.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; < Chinese yuán literally, round, circular; cf. yen

Yuan

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

Yüan

[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn] /yuˈɑn; Chinese yüɑn/
noun
1.
the Mongol dynasty in China, 1260–1368, founded by Kublai Khan.
2.
Also, Pinyin, Yuan.
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  • The yuan army was eventually recalled and the invasion called off.
British Dictionary definitions for yuan

yuan

/ˈjuːˈæn/
noun (pl) -an
1.
the standard monetary unit of China, divided into 10 jiao and 100 fen Also called renminbi, renminbi yuan
Word Origin
from Chinese yüan round object; see yen1

Yüan1

/ˈjuːˈæn/
noun
1.
the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Chinese porcelain produced during the Yüan dynasty, characterized by the appearance of under-glaze blue-and-white ware

Yüan2

/ˈjuːˈæn/
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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Encyclopedia Article for yuan

people's money

monetary unit of China. The yuan is divided into 100 fen and 10 jiao. The People's Bank of China has exclusive authority to issue currency. Banknotes are issued in denominations from 1 fen to 100 yuan. The obverse of some banknotes contains images of communist leaders, such as Mao Zedong, leader of China's communist revolution, whose likeness is pictured on several notes; lower denominations often contain images of people dressed in traditional attire. The reverse side of most coins, which range in denominations from 1 fen to 1 yuan, contains images of historic buildings and the country's diverse landscape. Renminbi, or people's money, became the official name of the currency in 1969.

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