One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A monetary unit of China, equal to one tenth of a yuan.
- ‘After paying my two jiao, I started walking up the stairs to the gents' section.’
- ‘The latter is 1 yuan or maybe only 5 jiao cheaper.’
- ‘On a visit to Xiangyang market, a popular tourist destination, I paid three jiao to use the convenience, only to find no doors.’
- ‘This story from two years ago says ‘as little as two jiao.’’
From Chinese jiǎo.
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