Historical the office or residence of a mandarin or public official in China
Origin of yamenChinese
The office or residence of an official in the Chinese Empire.
Origin of yamenMandarin yámen, from Middle Chinese nja&tricolon; mun : Middle Chinese nja&tricolon;, magistracy, headquarters of a magistrate; akin to nja&tricolon;, tooth, flag with a serrated edge planted outside an official's tent + Middle Chinese mun, gate.
Mandarin 衙门 (yámén).