yen

yen

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English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jɛn/
  • Rhymes: -ɛn

Etymology 1

From Medhurst and Hepburn’s romanizations, under the influence of earlier Portuguese romanizations, of Japanese (round; a round object) as ye or yen, now (en), from Chinese 銀圓 (yínyuán, round silver object(s), especially a piece of eight): (silver) + (circular, round; yuan, yen, dollar). Cognate with Chinese (yuán, monetary unit, especially RMB) and Korean (won, North or South Korean won).

Noun

yen (plural yen)

  1. The unit of Japanese currency (symbol: ¥) since 1871, divided into 100 sen.
  2. A coin or note worth one yen.
Synonyms
  • JPY
Translations

Etymology 2

Origin uncertain, but probably from Cantonese (jan5, craving) originally in reference to opium addiction, 煙癮 or 菸癮 (jin1-jan5): , (jin1, smoke, specifically opium). Compare the later yen (“opium”) and yen-yen.

Noun

yen (plural yens)

  1. A strong desire, urge, or yearning.
    • 1934, Lew Levenson, chapter XX, in Butterfly Man, New York, N.Y.: Castle Books, OCLC 917633074; republished New York, N.Y.: Castle Books, [1960?], OCLC 6191025, page 208:
      She repeated the words: "You for me and me for you," then hummed: "Two for tea and tea for two …" Her voice trailed off … "All I got is a yen for Diana and my sweet little cute little Zigzag."
Synonyms
  • craving
  • desire
  • hankering
  • jones
  • longing
  • urge
  • yearning
Translations

Verb

yen (third-person singular simple present yens, present participle yenning, simple past and past participle yenned)

  1. (transitive) To have a strong desire for.
Translations

Etymology 3

From Chinese , (yān), or Cantonese , (jin1, smoke, specifically opium). Compare the earlier yen (“strong desire”) and later yen-yen.

Noun

yen (plural yens)

  1. Opium.
Derived terms

References

Further reading

  • Japanese yen on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • -yne, NYE, Ney, Nye, eny, ney, nye

Dutch

Etymology

From Japanese (en, yen, circle).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jɛn/

Noun

yen m (plural yens)

  1. yen, Japanese monetary unit and coin.

French

Etymology

From Japanese

Pronunciation

  • (aspirated h) IPA(key): /jɛn/
  • Homophone: hyène (hyène can have aspirate or mute h, whereas yen is always "aspirate")

Noun

yen m (plural yens)

  1. yen (currency)

Further reading

  • “yen” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Ido

Etymology 1

From Esperanto jen, from German jener.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jen/

Interjection

yen

  1. look here, behold, lo

Conjunction

yen

  1. here is, there is

Synonyms

  • yen hike
  • yen ibe

Preposition

yen

  1. here is

Synonyms

  • yen ke

Derived terms

  • yena
  • yene

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Japanese .

Noun

yen (plural yen)

  1. yen (Japanese currency)

Indonesian

Etymology

From the influence of earlier Portuguese romanizations, of Japanese (round; a round object) as ye or yen, now (en), from Chinese 銀圓 (yínyuán, round silver object(s), especially a piece of eight): (silver) + (circular, round; yuan, yen, dollar). Cognate with Chinese (yuán, monetary unit, especially RMB) and Korean (won, North or South Korean won).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jɛn/, /jen/
  • Hyphenation: yèn

Noun

yen

  1. yen, the unit of Japanese currency (symbol: ¥) since 1871, divided into 100 sen.

Further reading

  • “yen” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.

Koko-Bera

Pronoun

yen (accusative yintéw, dative yintéw)

  1. you; second person singular pronoun, nominative case

References

  • 2008, Paul Black, Pronominal Accretions in Pama-Nyungan, in Morphology and Language History →ISBN, edited by Claire Bowern, ‎Bethwyn Evans, ‎Luisa Miceli)

Papiamentu

Etymology

From Spanish lleno.

Adjective

yen

  1. full

Spanish

Etymology

From Japanese (en)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɟ͡ʝen/, [ɟ͡ʝẽn]

Noun

yen m (plural yenes)

  1. yen

Volapük

Etymology

From Japanese (en)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [jen]

Noun

yen (plural yens)

  1. yen

Declension

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