[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn]
noun, plural yuan.
Also called yuan dollar. a copper coin of the Republic of China, equal to 100 cents; dollar.
a paper money, brass or cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, equal to 10 jiao or 100 fen.

1915–20; < Chinese yuán literally, round, circular; cf. yen

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


[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn]
the Mongol dynasty in China, 1260–1368, founded by Kublai Khan.
Also, Pinyin, Yuan.
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yuan (ˈjuːˈæn)
n , pl -an
renminbi, Also called: renminbi yuan the standard monetary unit of China, divided into 10 jiao and 100 fen
[from Chinese yüan round object; see yen1]

Yüan1 (ˈjuːˈæn)
1.  the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368
2.  of or relating to the Chinese porcelain produced during the Yüan dynasty, characterized by the appearance of under-glaze blue-and-white ware

Yüan or Yüen2 (ˈjuːˈæn, ˈjuːˈɛn)
a river in SE central China, rising in central Guizhou province and flowing northeast to Lake Tungting. Length: about 800 km (500 miles)
Yüen or Yüen2

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Word Origin & History

Chinese unit of currency introduced 1914, from Chinese yuan "round, round object, circle."
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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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The yuan army was eventually recalled and the invasion called off.
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