\ˈyäŋ, ˈyaŋ \

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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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 Not a bro hug, but a full chest-to-chest embrace, Kelli’s Ray-Bans against Buckley’s yin-yang earlobe plugs. Washington Post, "In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims.," 5 June 2018 Joining him is his younger daughter, Helen, an outspoken Sony music executive and the soulful yin to Vanessa’s intellectual yang. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Monologues of Friends and Strangers," 1 June 2018 The power between red and black showcase the unique Japanese aesthetics and illustrate a yin-and-yang balance of stillness and movement. San Francisco Chronicle, "Observed: Renegade crafters, art lovers and creatives converge," 17 May 2018 Duncan said that being out of the spotlight has helped Ireland to focus strictly on college scouting, and being the yin to Loomis' yang, in that Loomis has more of a business background while Ireland works directly with player evaluation. Clyde Verdin, NOLA.com, "Jeff Ireland might not have to look far for his next GM job," 2 Mar. 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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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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