Definition of "yangban" [yangban]

  • 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."
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