yu·an | \ˈyü-ən, yü-ˈän \
plural yuan

Definition of yuan 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 the basic monetary unit of China — see Money Table

2 : the dollar of the Republic of China (Taiwan)


geographical name
Yu·an | \ˈywen, 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

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Now set to retire, Zhou, 70, has steered the institution through the global financial crisis, overhauled monetary policy tools and overseen the elevation of the yuan to reserve-currency status during his record 15-year term. Fortune, "China Names Yi Gang as Its First New Central Bank Chief in 15 Years," 18 Mar. 2018 China's currency, the yuan, has dropped 3.5 percent against the dollar over the past month, giving Chinese companies a price edge over their U.S. competition. Author: Paul Wiseman, Josh Boakap, Anchorage Daily News, "US-China trade war elevates the risks to the global economy," 7 July 2018 The offshore yuan rose, halting an 11-day decline that was triggered by concern about Chinese policy makers’ intentions. Jeremy Herron, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks cap quarter with gains, dollar slumps," 29 June 2018 China’s sliding yuan is often talked up as a good thing for exporters – but many other companies are left vulnerable. Fortune, "China's Sliding Yuan Is Bad News for These Companies," 28 June 2018 The ad suspension was costing parent company Beijing Bytedance Technology Co. as much as 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) a day, one analyst estimated. WSJ, "Short-Video App Douyin Resumes Advertising," 11 July 2018 The most recent one employed 3m people, counted more than 8m enterprises and estimated a GDP of almost 59trn yuan ($9.5trn at the time). The Economist, "China’s statistics are bad. Many criticisms of them are worse," 7 July 2018 The comments sent global stock markets skidding and weakened both the dollar and the Chinese yuan on Tuesday. Author: Michael Martina, Eric Beech, Anchorage Daily News, "China slams U.S. ‘blackmailing’ after Trump makes new tariff threat," 19 June 2018 The automakers will co-invest more than 11.9 billion yuan ($1.9 billion) to build the facility, BAIC said Sunday in a brief filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange. Bloomberg.com, "Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.," 25 Feb. 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Chinese (Beijing) yuán

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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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