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yen

1

[ yen ]

noun

, plural yen.
  1. an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Japan, equal to 100 sen or 1000 rin. : ¥; : Y
  2. a former silver coin of Japan.


yen

2

[ yen ]

noun

  1. a desire or craving:

    I had a yen for apple pie.

    Synonyms: appetite, hunger, hankering, longing

verb (used without object)

, yenned, yen·ning.
  1. to have a craving; yearn.

yen

1

/ jɛn /

noun

  1. the standard monetary unit of Japan, (notionally) divided into 100 sen


yen

2

/ jɛn /

noun

  1. a passionate, ardent, or intense longing or desire

verb

  1. intr to yearn
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Word History and Origins

Origin of yen1

1870–75; < Japanese ( y ) en < Chinese yuán yuan

Origin of yen2

1905–10, Americanism; probably < dialectal Chinese (OAGuangdong) yáhn, akin to Chinese yǐn craving, addiction
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Word History and Origins

Origin of yen1

C19: from Japanese en , from Chinese yüan circular object, dollar

Origin of yen2

perhaps from Chinese (Cantonese) yăn a craving, addiction
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Idioms and Phrases

see have a yen for .
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Example Sentences

Yen says the initial funding has helped Proton avoid giving control of the company away to external investors.

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Negative real rates also make dollars less attractive to funds and folks with savings abroad, so they will increasingly invest in their home countries, or invest elsewhere in euro or yen securities, because our returns don’t even match inflation.

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So even though it correctly touted trades such as going long equities, buying gold and betting on the yen against the dollar, it failed to benefit from its own foresight.

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Japan’s benchmark stock index sank 2% on Friday, while the yen strengthened, suggesting investors fear Abe’s exit doesn’t augur well for future growth.

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The amount of vanished bitcoins was 650,000 BTC (or 24.7 billion yen).

The cops say Kakehi gained several hundred million yen in inheritance from the deaths over the years.

The ministry pours an estimated 700 million yen (6.8 million dollars) into whale research per year.

This is a country where an estimated two trillion yen ($19.3 billion) are spent each year on the legal sex industry.

Day tickets at Asahidake (www.wakasaresort.com) cost 4,000 yen.

Long-yen is somewhat smaller, but is also white and tender, though the taste is rather watery.

The one I liked best was (even in Japanese things my fancy usually hits on the most expensive) just a thousand yen in price!

I had rather a time getting old Hiraoka to rent it, but an auctioneer will do anything for enough yen.

They plundered a sum of 200,000 yen from the Ono Company, and made a successful raid upon the prefectural offices of Kumamoto.

But for its passage, the deficit of the next fiscal year would have reached beyond forty-six millions of yen.

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What does yen mean?

Yen is a monetary unit of Japan similar to a dollar. It comes in the form of a coin that’s also called a yen.

The symbol for yen is ¥. Like a dollar, it can be divided into 100 parts called sen (though sen are not used in practice).

The plural of yen is yen.

Unrelatedly, yen is a slang term meaning a strong craving, desire, or yearning. It’s especially used in the phrase have a yen for. It can also be used as a verb meaning to crave or strongly desire.

Example: Ever since I came back from Italy, I’ve had a yen for fresh pasta.

Where does yen come from?

The first records of the word yen in English in reference to the currency come from the 1870s. It comes from the Chinese word yüan, meaning “circular object” or something like “dollar.” This word is also the basis of the Chinese unit of currency called the yuan. Yen coins are indeed circle-shaped, but yen banknotes come in varying denominations, just like the dollar.

The slang sense of the word yen was first used in the U.S. The first records of this use come from the early 1900s. It grew out of an earlier use referring to a craving for opium due to addiction, and in fact the word comes from a Chinese term that means “addiction” or “craving.”

If you have a yen for something, it means you have a craving for it. If you yen for something, you yearn for it. In both cases, the desire is strong, perhaps even passionate.

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How is yen used in real life?

When it refers to currency, yen is used in all the same ways that dollar is (except that the plural of yen is yen). The slang sense of yen is not so commonly used.

 

 

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We dropped a lot of yen to quench our yen for authentic sushi.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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