- an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Japan, equal to 100 sen or 1000 rin. Symbol: ¥; Abbreviation: Y
- a former silver coin of Japan.
Origin of yen1
- a desire or craving: I had a yen for apple pie.
- to have a craving; yearn.
Origin of yen2
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Examples from the Web for yen
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Lift Tickets: Day tickets at Niseko (www.niseko.ne.jp) are 5,900 yen, during the high season; multi-day passes are available.
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The value of the yen is falling exactly as planned, and Japanese stocks on the Nikkei are doing very well.Can 'Abenomics' Revitalize Japan?
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He says his payments include 100,000 yen a month for “mental damage.”Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Bogged Down in Bureaucracy, Could Take Decades
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Yen Sin held it up before his eyes in the full glow of the lamp.
I am sure he did not see me on the bench; he was looking at Yen Sin.
But of all the changes in the village, the most momentous to me was the change in Yen Sin.
And this was Urkey village, and night, and Yen Sin was dying.
Yen Sin wasn't laughing himself; he was looking at his collars.
- the standard monetary unit of Japan, (notionally) divided into 100 sen
- a passionate, ardent, or intense longing or desire
- (intr) to yearn
Word Origin and History for yen
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.
Idioms and Phrases with yen
see have a yen for.