je·​on | \ (ˌ)jā-ˈȯn How to pronounce jeon (audio) \
plural jeon

Definition of jeon

a monetary subunit of the won (South Korea) — see won at Money Table

Examples of jeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most Korean Americans who celebrate New Year will remember the plastic tubs filled with jeon in the refrigerator for the days that follow. NBC News, "From Chinese to Tibetan, all the most delicious Lunar New Year dishes explained," 25 Jan. 2020 Photo: jeon heon-kyun/pool/epa-efe/rex/Shutterstock Yeonpyeong Island, where tensions have flared up most dramatically in recent years, is a symbol of those efforts. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Two Miles from North Korea, Islanders Brace for an Uneasy Peace," 3 Nov. 2018 Photo: jeon heon-kyun/epa-efe/rex/shutt/EPA/Shutterstock North Korea’s cyber army has about 7,000 hackers and support staffers, according to South Korean cyber experts, who loosely divide them into three teams. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "North Korea, While Professing Peace, Escalated Cyberattacks on South," 25 May 2018 Start With These Dishes Korean jeon pancackes at Bistro Bulgogi Linda Bladholm Never miss a local story. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "This Korean mom-and-pop restaurant in a Doral strip mall is the real deal | Miami Herald," 16 Mar. 2018 During their book-writing process, Lee was in Anchorage, making some traditional New Year's meatballs or jeon. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "In the aisles of Anchorage groceries, Kim Sunée collects flavors of Korea," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of jeon

circa 1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jeon

Korean chŏn

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“Jeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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