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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While Libra will be linked to a basket of conventional currencies including the dollar and the euro, China's digital currency will be pegged to the yuan. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "China is close to releasing a Libra-like digital currency," 6 Sep. 2019 After Trump gave the go-ahead earlier this month for tariffs on the almost $300 billion in Chinese imports that haven’t been hit by higher duties, China halted purchases of agricultural goods and allowed the yuan to weaken. Joshua Gallu, Fortune, "Trump Poised to Escalate China Trade War Even Further Within Hours," 23 Aug. 2019 In allowing the yuan to fall, China signalled it is prepared for a protracted trade war. The Economist, "The trade war escalates, and the fog of war descends," 8 Aug. 2019 After the value of the Chinese yuan weakened on Monday and global markets started to plummet, the U.S. Treasury Department took the dramatic step of declaring China a currency manipulator – a charge rebuffed by Beijing. Ishaan Tharoor, The Denver Post, "Tharoor: Trump and Xi lock horns — and drag the world with them," 8 Aug. 2019 Pressured by its trading partners, China allowed the yuan to appreciate almost 40% against a basket of currencies beginning in 2007, a trend that reversed in mid-2015, when China’s central bank devalued the currency by almost 2%. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China’s Shrinking Trade Surplus Unlikely to Impress Trump," 28 July 2018 China is said to be studying yuan devaluation as a tool in the U.S. trade spat. Christine Harvey, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 9 Apr. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "Analysis: #BoycottMulan in support of Hong Kong protests tests Disney and moviegoers," 20 Aug. 2019 The three main indexes had ended marginally lower last week, wrapping up five days of high-volume trading marked by wild swings, as investors feared that a slide in China's yuan would expand the scope of the trade war to include currencies. NBC News, "Dow falls 200 points as fears mount over drawn-out trade war," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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