yin and yang


: opposite sides, elements, or extremes
the daily yin and yang of the campaignSteve Lopez

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The twelve signs are said to alternate in a yin and yang sequence, depending on whether the animal has an odd or even number of claws, hooves, or feet. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Dec. 2022 Defense success built on a yin and yang relationship between the front and the backfield. Dallas News, 24 May 2022 Raising children in the yin and yang homestead of criminal H.I. Tim Moffatt, EW.com, 16 Dec. 2022 The two waves are almost the yin and yang to each other. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2016 Sunny and Stryker – motherless since the age of 3 – are more yin and yang than peas in a pod. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Oct. 2022 Yet Max’s and CBs became the yin and yang of punk performance, with the famed CBGB bands shuttling back and forth between the two clubs, many of them actually preferring to play at Max’s, where Hilly Kristal wasn’t skimming their proceeds. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 24 July 2022 The vivid swirl, similar to yin and yang, signifies the perpetually changing yet complementary forces of life: light and darkness, good and evil. Hanna Park, NBC News, 21 May 2022 Vescovo compares his voyages to the deepest parts of the ocean and the edge of space as yin and yang. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 19 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'yin and yang.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yin and yang was in 1848

Dictionary Entries Near yin and yang

Cite this Entry

“Yin and yang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yin%20and%20yang. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on yin and yang

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?