yuan-dollar

yuan

[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn]
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:
1915–20; < 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)
 
n
1.  the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368
 
adj
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)
 
n
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
 
n

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