A ruling class of male Confucian intellectuals in Korea at and before the time of the Korean Empire. (noun)
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Use "yangban" in a sentence
"The hereditary literati class was known as the yangban, or two orders, because its members combined the civil and military functions of state control."
"The great attraction of Protestantism from the 1880s forward seems to have been centered in the non-yangban sectors."
"Korea's first school for young women, Ehwa Girls School, was founded earlier (1886) through the work of U.S. missionaries; later, many other girls 'schools were created by Koreans, and these schools were important agencies for liberating young women from the strictures of yangban society."