\ ˈyän How to pronounce yon (audio) \

Definition of yon

 (Entry 1 of 3)

Definition of yon (Entry 2 of 3)

: that or those yonder



Definition of yon (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : yonder
2 : thither ran hither and yon

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Synonyms for yon

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of yon in a Sentence

Adverb the belief that it is the destiny of the human race to explore our solar system and yon
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These rosy renderings of effortless whooshing hither and yon distract us from what the problem demands: a way forward that prioritizes not thoughtless speed but calibrated efficiency. Wired, "Speed Is Killing the Planet. Time to Focus on Efficiency," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of yon


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yon


Middle English, from Old English geon; akin to Old High German ienēr, adjective, that, Greek enē day after tomorrow

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The first known use of yon was before the 12th century

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22 Nov 2019

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“Yon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yon. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yon

old-fashioned + literary : to that place
\ ˈyän How to pronounce yon (audio) \

Kids Definition of yon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: yonder entry 2 “And nuns came … and built over against the monastery on the yon side of the vale …”— Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee



Kids Definition of yon (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : thither I ran hither and yon.

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a plan in which a last survivor takes all

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