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Definition of yin

: the feminine passive principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in darkness, cold, or wetness and that combines with yang to produce all that comes to be

Examples of yin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hedison, a celebrated photographer, perfectly completed the couple's yin-and-yang vibe in a long navy dress while Foster wore a white gown with an intricate jewels throughout. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2021 The tart and fruity dressing was the yin to the yang of the hearty mixture of heavy ingredients, creating balance in the salad. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 25 June 2021 Each is the yin to the other’s yang, helping and annoying each other. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 This yin-and-yang pair most definitely has a lot of love to give each other, as they can be seen snuggling with one another every night. The Arizona Republic, 6 Mar. 2021 Anderson remembered how abundant the love between the Matsons felt, Arik the tall, muscular, doting husband and father, and Megan the sarcastic blue-eyed spitfire, her yin to his yang. Star Tribune, 10 Jan. 2021 Level’s hazy comes in a black and gray can and represents the yin – or dark half of the ancient Chinese concept – while Old Town’s clear comes in reverse -- white and gray, representing the light half of the duality. oregonlive, 4 Dec. 2020 In some ways, Bluntman is the yang to Topher’s yin. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2020 Try it at home: Fresca Original Citrus Sparkling Soda 6-pack, $4, instacart.com Kalimotxo The yang to the tinto de verano’s yin is a kalimotxo. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of yin

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yin

Chinese (Beijing) yīn

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20 Jul 2021

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“Yin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yin. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of yin

in Chinese philosophy : one of the two forces that together form everything that exists : the female principle of the universe that is considered dark and passive and is associated with earth

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