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