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yen1

[yen] /yɛn/
noun, plural yen.
1.
an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Japan, equal to 100 sen or 1000 rin. Symbol: ¥;
Abbreviation: Y.
2.
a former silver coin of Japan.
Origin of yen1
1870-1875
1870-75; < Japanese (y)en < Chinese yuán yuan

yen2

[yen] /yɛn/ Informal.
noun
1.
a desire or craving:
I had a yen for apple pie.
verb (used without object), yenned, yenning.
2.
to have a craving; yearn.
Origin
1905-10, Americanism; probably < dialectal Chinese (OAGuangdong) yáhn, akin to Chinese yǐn craving, addiction
Synonyms
1. longing, hankering, hunger, appetite.
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yen1

/jɛn/
noun (pl) yen
1.
the standard monetary unit of Japan, (notionally) divided into 100 sen
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese en, from Chinese yüan circular object, dollar

yen2

/jɛn/
noun
1.
a passionate, ardent, or intense longing or desire
verb yens, yenning, yenned
2.
(intransitive) to yearn
Word Origin
perhaps from Chinese (Cantonese) yăn a craving, addiction
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Word Origin and History for yen
n.

Japanese monetary unit, 1875, from Japanese yen, from Chinese yuan "round, round object, circle, dollar."

"sharp desire, hunger," 1906, earlier yin "intense craving for opium" (1876), from Chinese (Cantonese) yan "craving," or from a Beijing dialect word for "smoke." Reinforced in English by influence of yearn.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yen

yellow sunshine

noun phrase

acid, lsd (1960s+ Narcotics)

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yen

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