The office or residence of an official in the Chinese Empire.
The office or residence of a mandarin or public official in China.
Origin of yamen
- Mandarin yámen from Middle Chinese njaː mun Middle Chinese njaː magistracy, headquarters of a magistrate njaː tooth, flag with a serrated edge planted outside an official's tent Middle Chinese mun gate
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Mandarin è¡™é—¨ (yÃ¡mÃ©n).