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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Industrial output, meanwhile, was at a 17-year low in July while the yuan has slipped versus the dollar. NBC News, "Trump links Hong Kong protests to trade talks with China," 15 Aug. 2019 The company reported total revenue of ¥5.90 billion Chinese yuan ($859 million) during the quarter ended June 30, a 33% year-over-year increase, but only a small bump from Q1 when that number was ¥5.74 billion ($855 million). Marc Schneider, Billboard, "Tencent Music Reports Flat Growth in Mobile Users, $859 Million Total Revenue for Q2," 13 Aug. 2019 The yuan trades narrowly in China around an exchange rate set by the central bank. The Economist, "Business this week," 10 Aug. 2019 The People’s Bank of China fixed the yuan’s midpoint at 7.0136 against the dollar. Fortune, "The Week Trump and Xi Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Trade War—CEO Daily," 10 Aug. 2019 China's yuan sank beyond 7 per dollar, a move that suggests the level is no longer a line in the sand for policy makers in Beijing. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Stock markets see biggest drop of the year as China escalates trade war with U.S.," 5 Aug. 2019 The move follows reports that China is responding to the U.S. president’s threat of more tariffs by allowing the yuan to fall and halting imports of U.S. agricultural products. Bloomberg, Orange County Register, "Yield curve blares loudest U.S. recession warning since 2007," 5 Aug. 2019 With the yuan down over the past year, tourists may be heading to more affordable destinations in Asia. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Lunar New Year will show trade war’s effects in China economy," 4 Feb. 2019 The yuan doesn't trade freely like other major currencies such as the dollar and the pound. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "China has 'few good options' to hit back against new US tariffs," 2 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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