Meaning of 阮

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Pinyin: ruǎn
English Definition: ruan, a four-stringed Chinese lute; surname Ruan; small state during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) located in the southeast of modern-day Gansu Province
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (hill) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ ] place, town, city
    • [ yuán ] first; dollar; origin; head
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Example Words
阮元 ruǎn yuán scholar-official in the Qing dynasty (1764-1849)
阮咸 ruǎn xián see
阮晋勇 ruǎn jìn yǒng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng (1949-), prime minister of Vietnam 2006-2016
中阮 zhōng ruǎn zhongruan or alto lute, like pipa 琵琶 but bigger and lower range
大阮 ruǎn daruan or bass lute, like pipa 琵琶 and zhongruan 中阮 but bigger and lower range
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Example Sentences
Back then every village in that part of Shandong had a kung fu expert, and Ruan remembers his master' s strange personality with a smile.
Still the industry is unregulated, and Ruan' s dream is to help it become more standardized.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is a difficult question for any woman to answer, I think, Mr. Yuen.
But criticism has not deterred Mr. Ruan, the local party secretary, who has vowed to keep his foot on the shovel.
In the John Woo film "Red Cliff" one of Ruan' s friends was killed in a freak fire accident.