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The office or residence of an official in the Chinese Empire.
[Mandarin yámen, from Middle Chinese nja⋮ mun : Middle Chinese nja⋮, magistracy, headquarters of a magistrate; akin to nja⋮, tooth, flag with a serrated edge planted outside an official's tent + Middle Chinese mun, gate.]
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(Historical Terms) (in imperial China) the office or residence of a public official
[C19: from Chinese, from ya general's office + měn gate]
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(in the Chinese Empire) the residence or office of a public official.
[1820–30; < Chinese yámen=yá office + mén gate]
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