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yen

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noun \ˈyen\

Definition of yen

plural

yen

  1. — see money table



Origin and Etymology of yen

Japanese en


First Known Use: 1875


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yen

noun

Definition of yen

  1. :  a strong desire or propensity <a yen for the sea>; also :  urge, craving <a yen for ice cream>



Origin and Etymology of yen

obsolete English argot yen-yen craving for opium, from Chinese (Guangdong) yīn-yáhn, from yīn opium + yáhn craving


First Known Use: 1906


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yen

verb

Definition of yen

yenned

yenning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to have an intense desire :  long



Circa 1919

First Known Use of yen

circa 1919

Rhymes with yen



YEN Defined for Kids

yen

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noun \ˈyen\

Definition of yen for Students

  1. :  a strong desire :  longing





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