Definition of jiao in US English:

jiao

noun

  • A monetary unit of China, equal to one tenth of a yuan.

    • ‘The latter is 1 yuan or maybe only 5 jiao cheaper.’
    • ‘After paying my two jiao, I started walking up the stairs to the gents' section.’
    • ‘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.’’

Origin

From Chinese jiǎo.

Pronunciation

jiao

/dʒjaʊ//jyou/