the basic monetary unit of China
Origin of yuanMandarin yüan, literally , round
- river in SE China flowing from Guizhou province through Hunan into Dongting Hu: c. 550 mi (885 km)
- the Red River (in Asia)
nounpl. yuan or yu·ans
See Table at currency.
Origin of yuanMandarin yuán, round, yuan (in the latter meaning, loan translation of Japanese en, yen, written with the same Chinese character as Mandarin yuán, round), from Middle Chinese yan, round; see yen2.
A Chinese dynasty (1279–1368) established by the Mongolian ruler Kublai Khan with its capital at present-day Beijing. It was superseded by the Ming dynasty.
Origin of YuanMandarin Yuán, after the phrase from I Ching dà zai qián yuán, how great is heaven the progenitor!, from yuán, primary, first, from Middle Chinese ŋyan; akin to Tibetan mgo, head, summit and mgon-po, master, lord.
From Mandarin å…ƒ (yuÃ¡n).
- The imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368.
yuan - Investment & Finance Definition
The currency unit of China, comprised of 10 jiao. Also called renminbi.