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- n. An official residence provided for Chinese officials
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Various transliterations of the Chinese word are in use: yamun, which is to be preferred
- n. yamăn, used by Dr. S. Wells Williams in his “Dictionary of the Chinese Language”
- n. 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”
- n. 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
- n. yamön, the form preferred by Prof. F. Hirth of Columbia University, New York. In every case the pronunciation is the same.
- n. 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.
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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.