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Pronunciation: /jɛn
 
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noun (plural same)

The basic monetary unit of Japan.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

from Japanese en 'round'.

More
  • The vocabulary of drug users entered mainstream English before modern times. The yen in to have a yen for, ‘to long or yearn for’, originally referred to the drug addict's craving for opium. The word came from Chinese yăn ‘craving’ in the 1870s. The yen that is the monetary unit of Japan comes from Japanese en ‘round’.

Words that rhyme with yen

Adrienne, again, amen, Ardennes, Behn, Ben, Benn, Bren, cayenne, Cévennes, Dairen, den, en, fen, gen, glen, Glenn, Guyenne, Gwen, hen, julienne, Karen, ken, Len, Loren, men, Nene, Ogaden, paren, pen, Penn, Phnom Penh, Rennes, Shenzhen, Sun Yat-sen, ten, then, Tlemcen, when, wren, zazen, Zen

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yen2

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Pronunciation: /jɛn
 
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informal

noun

[in singular]
A longing or yearning: [with infinitive]: she always had a yen to be a writer
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

verb (yens, yenning, yenned)

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

Origin

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

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  • The vocabulary of drug users entered mainstream English before modern times. The yen in to have a yen for, ‘to long or yearn for’, originally referred to the drug addict's craving for opium. The word came from Chinese yăn ‘craving’ in the 1870s. The yen that is the monetary unit of Japan comes from Japanese en ‘round’.

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