[ yeen ]

verb (used without object)
  1. (of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young.

Origin of yean

1375–1425; late Middle English yenen, probably continuing Old English *geēanian to bring forth young, equivalent to ge-y- + ēanian to yean, akin to Latin agnus,Greek ámnos lamb

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How to use yean in a sentence

  • The Van yean waterworks, sixteen miles away, supply water to the town.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water | Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
  • Thank heaven, I haven't had a woman in the house these seven yean; so all's snug.

  • Long afterwards the navvies employed in the construction of the Yan yean aqueduct received one pound sterling per day.

    Nevermore | Rolf Boldrewood

British Dictionary definitions for yean


/ (jiːn) /

  1. (of a sheep or goat) to give birth to (offspring)

Origin of yean

Old English geēanian; related to Dutch oonen to bring forth young, Latin agnus lamb; see ewe

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