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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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  • What is it yon intend to do, and what do you mean by this body of physicians?

  • Will you stay with him—support him—but for a few moments, while I make to yon light?

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Do you know an air—I am sure you must know it, "We'll gang nae mair to yon town?"

  • See you yon long-limbed parson on the left—him with the pent-house hat.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Gien he be in yon hole, Kirsty, I'll gang back and intil't my lee lane.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • The moment his eyes fell upon them, he said in his heart, 'yon's the place for a hoose!

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Cy's a restless critter; been cruisin' hither and yon all his life.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "You'll lose the light in ten minutes, and yon's a port I do not like the look of," said he.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • 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
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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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