ya·​men ˈyä-mən How to pronounce yamen (audio)
: the headquarters or residence of a Chinese government official or department

Word History


Chinese (Beijing) yámen

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yamen was in 1747

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“Yamen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yamen. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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