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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • 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 It was superseded by the Ming dynasty.

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  • proper noun The imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368.

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  • noun the basic unit of money in China
  • noun the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Mandarin Yuán, after the phrase from I Ching dà zāi 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.]

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