yamen

yamen

[yah-muhn]
noun
(in the Chinese Empire) the residence or office of a public official.

Origin:
1820–30; < Chinese yámen ( office + mén gate)

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yamen (ˈjɑːmɛn)
 
n
(in imperial China) the office or residence of a public official
 
[C19: from Chinese, from ya general's office + měn gate]

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