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.

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  • noun historical An official residence provided for Chinese officials


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