yu·​an | \ ˈyü-ən How to pronounce yuan (audio) , yü-ˈän How to pronounce yuan (audio) \
plural yuan

Definition of yuan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
Yu·​an | \ ˈywen How to pronounce Yuan (audio) , ˈywän \

Definition of Yuan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 river 500 miles (805 kilometers) long in southeast central China flowing from Guizhou northeast to northeastern Hunan
2 — see red sense 4

Examples of yuan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another key concern is whether the People’s Bank of China will disrupt Ant via its digital yuan. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The Amazon of money is here," 22 Oct. 2020 At the same time, China’s yuan has hit multiyear highs against the dollar, further strengthening locals’ buying power. Will Horner, WSJ, "Aluminum Prices Surge as Chinese Demand Accelerates," 20 Oct. 2020 The better economic performance has bolstered the yuan, which hit an 18-month high last week before the government took measures to cool it. Bloomberg.com, "China Bolsters Its Dominance of Global Trade," 13 Oct. 2020 The dollar would be a more attractive option than the euro, yen, yuan or other major currencies. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "The mighty dollar has weakened under Trump. A Biden win could change that," 6 Oct. 2020 The yuan has strengthened 3% in the past few months as China’s recovery from the coronavirus has taken hold—–its best quarterly performance since the first quarter of 2008. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Currency Gyrations Spark Fresh Bets From Investors," 30 Sep. 2020 And currency investors are fretting that a yuan hovering near 16-month highs is priced for a Biden win, and a calmer tone in diplomacy, which could swiftly unwind if Trump is victorious. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Treasuries & ESG," 23 Sep. 2020 Cheaper fuel costs and strength in the yuan have further bolstered Chinese airlines ahead of the holiday windfall. Will Davies, Bloomberg.com, "Millions Fly With China’s Airlines as Pandemic Drags on Others," 29 Sep. 2020 Though the reliability of official Chinese data is partial, there is little sign the government is intervening in the currency market to suppress the yuan’s value. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China Exports Are Booming and Trade Surplus Is Widening—Why Is the Yuan So Weak?," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of yuan


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yuan


Chinese (Beijing) yuán

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28 Oct 2020

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“Yuan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuan. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yuan

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

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