Definition of "yamen" [ya•men]

  • The office or residence of an official in the Chinese Empire. (noun)

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Use "yamen" in a sentence
  • "This was done and bodies of rebels guarded by troops marched past our door, with large bundles of guns and spears over their shoulders, and when they had deposited them at the yamen were allowed to return to their homes, the leaders alone having been retained."
  • "With their barracks surrounded and the city gates closed to prevent their escape, soldiers from the artillery and engineering corps, who were secretly friendly to the rebels, mutinied and burned the yamen of the governor-general."
  • "And what would the yamen official do when he heard that the foreigners had been robbed by their own kind?"