plural yuan
the basic monetary unit of the People's Republic of China see Money Table compare renminbi
: the dollar of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Examples of yuan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 344 billion yuan ($47.5 billion) raised for Big Fund III is the largest tranche of funding since the initiative started in 2014. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 28 May 2024 One Hong Kong actress turned saleswoman earned 100 million yuan ($13.8 million) in a single livestream on the platform. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 24 May 2024 In January, Apple offered a 500 yuan ($69) discount on its official website in China over a three-day period just before the Lunar New Year. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 21 May 2024 Putin wants access to Chinese financial markets and to use the Chinese yuan currency to boost Russian trade. Charlie Campbell, TIME, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for yuan 

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Word History


Chinese (Beijing) yuán

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of yuan was in 1917

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“Yuan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuan. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural yuan
: the basic unit of money in China
: a coin or bill worth one yuan

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Yu·​an ˈywen How to pronounce Yuan (audio)
river 500 miles (805 kilometers) long in southeast central China flowing from Guizhou northeast to northeastern Hunan

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