from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See cash, 1.


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  • The mix of flavors is similar to the idea of tsien in Chinese cuisine.

    Nances, Raspados y Diablitos in P�tzcuaro

  • No currency that the Imperial Government might issue, not like the copper cash, or tsien, incapable of adulteration, would be above suspicion; and while the shameless system of mandarin plunder and fraud continues, it is hopeless to expect a proper currency in China, unless the foreigners interfere or obtain the control in this part of the national affairs which they already have over the customs and the army.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Three tsien two fen (thirty-two tael cents) was the highest I paid until I got to

    Across China on Foot

  • At the present time, in the same city, many men would be willing to do a deal for any quantity you like for less than two tsien.

    Across China on Foot

  • Entering into a conversation intended for the whole village to hear, my bulky coolie sublet his contract for two tsien for the eighty li -- we had already done fifty.

    Across China on Foot

  • Last year the price of opium here on the streets, although its sale was "illegal," was over three tsien (about nine-pence) the

    Across China on Foot

  • In addition, there is generally a little "cha tsien" (tea money) for the cook.

    Across China on Foot

  • Money: 1 tael or liang = 10 tsien (mace); 1 mace = 10 fen (candareen); 1 candareen = 10 li or cash (in French sapèque).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • + Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot (tsien Teh-ming), b. at Toulon, 1718; arrived in China in 1750; d. at Peking, 9 Oct., 1793; the most active contributor to the "Mémoires concernant les Chinois" and a regular correspondent of the French Minister Bertin.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • When he wanted money he was to show me his empty hands, and say "Muta tsien! muta tsien!"



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