je·​on (ˌ)jā-ˈȯn How to pronounce jeon (audio)
plural 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, 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, 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, 25 May 2018 Start With These Dishes Korean jeon pancackes at Bistro Bulgogi Linda Bladholm Never miss a local story. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, 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, 20 Feb. 2018

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Word History


Korean chŏn

First Known Use

circa 1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jeon was circa 1969

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“Jeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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