[ yeen ]
/ yin /

verb (used without object)

(of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young.

Nearby words

  1. yeadon,
  2. yeager,
  3. yeager, chuck,
  4. yeah,
  5. yealing,
  6. yeanling,
  7. year,
  8. year in, year out,
  9. year of confusion,
  10. year of grace

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for yean


/ (jiːn) /


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

Word Origin for yean

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

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Word Origin and History for yean



Old English eanian "to bring forth" (young), especially in reference to sheep or goats, from Proto-Germanic *agwnojanan (cf. Dutch oonen), perhaps from PIE *agwhnos "lamb" (cf. Greek amnos "lamb," Latin agnus, Old Church Slavonic agne, Old Irish van, Welsh oen). Yeanling "young lamb, kid" is recorded from 1630s.

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