yamen definition by Webster's New World
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Historical the office or residence of a mandarin or public official in China
yamen definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The office or residence of an official in the Chinese Empire.
Origin: Chinese (Mandarin) yámen : yá, magistracy (from yá, tooth, flag with a serrated edge planted outside an official's tent) + mén, gate.