yin-yang symbol


ˈyin-ˌyäŋ- How to pronounce yin-yang symbol (audio)
variants or less commonly yinyang symbol
: a graphic symbol of Chinese origin that has the form of a circle divided evenly into two symmetrical teardrop shapes representing yin and yang

Note: One of the teardrop shapes in a yin-yang symbol is dark (usually black) and the other is light (usually white), with each containing a small circle of the other color.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its first administrative officer, James Ulio, designed its insignia around the yin-yang symbol, a figure that in Asian traditions signifies a balanced embrace of opposing forces. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 Surveillance video showed a tattoo of a yin-yang symbol on the left hand of the man who robbed the bank. Christopher Roth, azcentral, 14 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yin-yang symbol was in 1955

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“Yin-yang symbol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yin-yang%20symbol. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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