from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The official and private residence of a Chinese mandarin who holds a seal; the place where a mandarin transacts the business of the region or department under his care, and where he lives; a mandarin's office, court, residence, etc.
- noun Various transliterations of the Chinese word are in use: yamun, which is to be preferred
- noun yamăn, used by Dr. S. Wells Williams in his “Dictionary of the Chinese Language”
- noun yamen, originally introduced by Sir Thomas F. Wade, former British Minister in Peking, and now used in the diplomatic, consular, and customs' services of China: it is more particularly characteristic of the Pekingese “dialect”
- noun yamen, which is the same as the preceding with the circumflex omitted, owing to the poverty of the type-fonts used in type-setting machines
- noun yamön, the form preferred by Prof. F. Hirth of Columbia University, New York. In every case the pronunciation is the same.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun historical An official residence provided for
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With no such adventure as that which had attended Jasmine's journey to the capital, they reached Mienchu, and, to their delight, were received by the colonel in his own yamun.
Stories by English Authors: The Orient (Selected by Scribners) Mary [Contributor] Beaumont 1900