There are 2 definitions of yen in English:


Syllabification: yen

noun (plural same)

The basic monetary unit of Japan.
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  • Whether it be for the lure of dollars or yen, or the start of a coaching career back in France remains to be seen.
  • The prices helpfully flash up on the board in pounds, dollars, Swiss francs, pesetas and yen.
  • The history is that after the Plaza Accord of 1985, the dollar declined against the yen.


from Japanese en 'round'.

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Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected

There are 2 definitions of yen in English:


Syllabification: yen


[in singular]
A longing or yearning: [with infinitive]: she always had a yen to be a writer
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  • While growing up I watched my three brothers play baseball and always had a yen to join them.
  • If you have a yen for the ole west, you'll find what you are looking for in Morris starting next week.
  • Diesel, quite improbably, had always had a yen to act with the grande dame.

verb (yens, yenning, yenned)

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Feel a longing or yearning: it’s no use yenning for the old simplicities
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  • And I should have linked it immediately to the Hippie's sudden yenning for suburban clothing.


late 19th century (in the sense 'craving (of a drug addict) for a drug'): from Chinese yǎn.

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