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[ren-min-bee] /ˈrɛnˈmɪnˈbi/
the currency of the People's Republic of China, the basic unit of which is the yuan.
1955-60; < Chinese rénmínbi, equivalent to rénmín people + currency Unabridged
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  • Some revaluation of the renminbi remains both desirable and inevitable.
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British Dictionary definitions for renminbi


noun (pl) renminbi
another name for the Chinese yuan
Word Origin
Chinese renmin people + bi currency
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Word Origin and History for renminbi

currency introduced 1948 in China, from Chinese renminbi, from renmin "people" + bi "currency."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for renminbi

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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