yang

noun
\ ˈyäŋ How to pronounce yang (audio) , ˈyaŋ How to pronounce yang (audio) \

Definition of yang

: the masculine active principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in light, heat, or dryness and that combines with yin to produce all that comes to be

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The rock-solid rapport among Lisa and her colleagues, with Maci playing the joyous yin to Danyelle’s cynical yang, is the most convincing argument for female solidarity that this or any movie could muster. Justin Chang, The Seattle Times, "‘Support the Girls’: Regina Hall calls the shots in terrific sports-bar comedy," 27 Aug. 2018 His calling cards: peaceful spaces where discussions flourish (such as this San Francisco living room, below) and evidence of his yin-yang backstory. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Dan Fink Takes a Scientific Approach to Peaceful Interiors," 19 Oct. 2015 There’s a lot of warmth in I.M., and a sense of domesticity, too; the yang to the yin of Mizrahi’s theatrical sensibility and irrepressible ebullience. Vogue, "Isaac Mizrahi’s New Memoir, I.M., Is No Frockumentary—And the Better for It," 26 Feb. 2019 The scandal broke in June, when Chinese talk-show host Cui Yongyuan accused Ms. Fan of using a yin-yang contract to evade taxes. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "Chinese Star Fan Bingbing Fined $70 Million for Tax Evasion," 3 Oct. 2018 Ibrahimovic, the Swedish yin to Schweinsteiger's yang, is the loud, boastful guy from the other side of the tracks who has won everything but a World Cup or Champions League crown. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs. Bastian Schweinsteiger MLS match-up a rare meeting of soccer royalty," 14 Apr. 2018 That’s not true of U.S. corporate bonds, the yin to stocks’ yang. Richard Barley, WSJ, "What the Stuttering Corporate Bond Market Means for Stocks," 9 July 2018 Feel free to go funky with a ’90s yin and yang ring from humble Overstock, or pare it back with a simple silver version from Body Candy. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "From Anklets to Toe Rings, This Is the Summer of Throwback Jewelry," 6 July 2018 Although the sentiment of triumph and perseverance was the same, the French lyrics and more mellow rendition make these two songs ying and yang. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "The 10 Best World Cup Songs Ever: The Definitive List From 1962 to Today," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of yang

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yang

Chinese (Beijing) yáng

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yang

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yang

in Chinese philosophy : one of the two forces that together form everything that exists : the male principle of the universe that is considered light and active and is associated with heaven

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