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[yon] /yɒn/ Older Use.
adjective, adverb
that or those yonder.
Origin of yon
before 900; Middle English; Old English geon; akin to Dutch gene, German jener, Old Norse enn, inn the, Gothic jains that
Can be confused
hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence)
yawn, yon. Unabridged
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  • yon river is called p. 44the Tweed; and yonder, over the brig, is Scotland.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Gien he be in yon hole, Kirsty, I'll gang back and intil't my lee lane.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Ay, tremble more at me than at yon English, doomed and accursed as they be!

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • yon's no shore for an honest man; he being made like a man and not like an eagle.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • My stores and treasures lie, not in yon dungeon it is true, but in the opposite wing.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • We have no quarrel with yon poor devils nor they with us; but they will find one.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • And he wanted you to say something to yon folks, that wad save my young life?

  • Ye could nivver hev matched Angus in yon days for limb and wind.

  • They glide hither and yon, seemingly without an effort, and always with wavy, oscillating gracefulness.

British Dictionary definitions for yon


(mainly Scot & Northern English)
  1. an archaic or dialect word for that yon man
  2. (as pronoun): yon's a fool
variants of yonder
Word Origin
Old English geon; related to Old Frisian jen, Old High German jenēr, Old Norse enn, Gothic jains
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Word Origin and History for yon

Old English geon (adj.) "that (over there)," from Proto-Germanic *jaino- (cf. Old Frisian jen, Old Norse enn, Old High German ener, Middle Dutch ghens, German jener, Gothic jains "that, you"), from PIE pronomial stem *i- (cf. Sanskrit ena-, third person pronoun, anena "that;" Latin idem "the same," id "it, that one;" Old Church Slavonic onu "he;" Lithuanian ans "he").

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