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yen

noun \ ˈyen \

Definition of yen

plural yen
the basic monetary unit of Japan — see Money Table

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Origin and Etymology of yen

Japanese en


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yen

noun

Definition of yen

: 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 Chin (Guangdong) yīn-yáhn, from yīn opium + yáhn craving


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yen

verb

Definition of yen

yenned; yenning
: to have an intense desire : long

First Known Use of yen

circa 1919

in the meaning defined above

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yen

noun \ ˈyen \

Definition of yen for Students

: a strong desire : longing


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