Yan'an

geographical name
Yan'·​an | \ ˈye-ˈnän How to pronounce Yan'an (audio) \
variants: or Yenan

Definition of Yan'an

city in the province of Shaanxi, northeast central China population 337,000

Note: Yan'an served as headquarters of the Chinese Communists during the Sino-Japanese War (1937–45) and the subsequent civil war (1945–49).

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“Yan'an.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yan%27an. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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