yin

1
[ yin ]
/ yɪn /

noun

See under yin and yang.

Origin of yin

1
First recorded in 1890–95

Definition for yin (2 of 4)

yin

2
[ yin ]
/ yɪn /

adjective, noun, pronoun Scot.

Definition for yin (3 of 4)

Yin

[ yin ]
/ yɪn /

noun

Definition for yin (4 of 4)

yin and yang


noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

(in Chinese philosophy and religion) two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (yin), and one positive, bright, and masculine (yang), whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things.

Origin of yin and yang

First recorded in 1930–35, yin and yang is from the Chinese word yīn-yáng
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British Dictionary definitions for yin (1 of 2)

yin

/ (jɪn) /

determiner, pronoun, noun

a Scot word for one

British Dictionary definitions for yin (2 of 2)

Yin and Yang

/ (jɪn) /

noun

two complementary principles of Chinese philosophy: Yin is negative, dark, and feminine, Yang positive, bright, and masculine. Their interaction is thought to maintain the harmony of the universe and to influence everything within it

Word Origin for Yin and Yang

from Chinese (Peking) yin dark + yang bright
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Culture definitions for yin

yin and yang


Two forces in the universe, according to a Chinese theory: yin is the passive, negative force, and yang the active, positive force. According to this theory, wise people will detect these forces in the seasons, in their food, and so on, and will regulate their lives accordingly.

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