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

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An average borrower is a 34-year-old millennial who earns at least 110,000 yuan ($16,400) a year, close to three times the average urban income in China. Washington Post, "Have a Credit Card? You’re Among China’s Fortunate," 18 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, China’s yuan fell to an 11-year low in offshore trading Tuesday. Taylor Telford, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks slump broadly as expanded US-China tariffs kick in," 3 Sep. 2019 Eight Disney movies have earned more than 1.18 billion yuan ($168 million) each, placing them among the country’s top 50 all-time grossers. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Analysis: #BoycottMulan in support of Hong Kong protests tests Disney and moviegoers," 17 Aug. 2019 Also Friday, China's yuan fell to its lowest level this year against the dollar after Mr. Trump's tariff threat fueled concerns about slowing economic growth, coming close to breaking the politically sensitive level of seven to the U.S. currency. CBS News, "China warns of retaliation for Trump's planned tariff hike," 2 Aug. 2019 That would give the company a valuation of at least 30 billion yuan ($4.4 billion). Laura He, CNN, "Africa's favorite smartphone maker wants in on China's hot new tech market," 25 July 2019 The change would allow hedge funds to execute their strategies faster, bringing more than 1 trillion yuan of extra trading volume a year to mainland stock markets, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. estimates. Washington Post, "Relax. China Only Wants a Bull Market, Not a Mad Cow," 18 Sep. 2019 China has also allowed the yuan to depreciate to its lowest levels in more than a decade in recent weeks. Laura He, CNN, "China's economy is getting worse. That makes a trade deal more likely," 16 Sep. 2019 The offshore yuan advanced, while havens such as the yen and gold declined. Los Angeles Times, "China and U.S. to resume trade talks in Washington in October," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of yuan


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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