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yuan

[yoo-ahn; Chinese yyahn] /yuˈɑn; Chinese yüɑn/
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
1915-1920
1915-20; < Chinese yuán literally, round, circular; cf. yen
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British Dictionary definitions for yuan-dollar

yuan

/ˈjuːˈæn/
noun (pl) -an
1.
the standard monetary unit of China, divided into 10 jiao and 100 fen Also called renminbi, renminbi yuan
Word Origin
from Chinese yüan round object; see yen1

Yüan1

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

Yüan2

/ˈjuːˈæn/
noun
1.
a river in SE central China, rising in central Guizhou province and flowing northeast to Lake Tungting. Length: about 800 km (500 miles)
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Word Origin and History for yuan-dollar

yuan

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

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