yuan

noun yu·an \ ˈyü-ən , yü-ˈän \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of yuan

plural yuan
1 the basic monetary unit of China — see Money Table
2 : the dollar of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

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Origin and Etymology of yuan

Chinese (Beijing) yuán


Yuan

geographical name Yu·an \ ˈywen , ˈywän \

Definition of Yuan

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

YUAN Defined for English Language Learners

yuan

Definition of yuan for English Language Learners

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


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