yen

1
[ yen ]
/ yɛn /

noun, plural yen.

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

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Origin of yen

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

Definition for yen (2 of 2)

yen2
[ yen ]
/ yɛn /
Informal.

noun

a desire or craving: I had a yen for apple pie.

verb (used without object), yenned, yen·ning.

to have a craving; yearn.

Origin of yen

2
1905–10, Americanism; probably < dialectal Chinese (OAGuangdong) yáhn, akin to Chinese yǐn craving, addiction
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British Dictionary definitions for yen (1 of 2)

yen1
/ (jɛn) /

noun plural yen

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

Word Origin for yen

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

British Dictionary definitions for yen (2 of 2)

yen2
/ (jɛn) informal /

noun

a passionate, ardent, or intense longing or desire

verb yens, yenning or yenned

(intr) to yearn

Word Origin for yen

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

yen

see have a yen for.

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