[yon]Older Use.

adjective, adverb


that or those yonder.

Origin of yon

before 900; Middle English; Old English geon; akin to Dutch gene, German jener, Old Norse enn, inn the, Gothic jains that
Can be confusedhence hither thence thither whence whither yon (see usage note at whence)yawn yon
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Examples from the Web for yon

Contemporary Examples of yon

Historical Examples of yon

  • What is it yon intend to do, and what do you mean by this body of physicians?

  • Will you stay with him—support him—but for a few moments, while I make to yon light?

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Do you know an air—I am sure you must know it, "We'll gang nae mair to yon town?"

  • See you yon long-limbed parson on the left—him with the pent-house hat.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Gien he be in yon hole, Kirsty, I'll gang back and intil't my lee lane.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for yon


yond (jɒnd)


mainly Scot and Northern English
  1. an archaic or dialect word for that yon man
  2. (as pronoun)yon's a fool
variants of yonder

Word Origin for yon

Old English geon; related to Old Frisian jen, Old High German jenēr, Old Norse enn, Gothic jains
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Word Origin and History for yon

Old English geon (adj.) "that (over there)," from Proto-Germanic *jaino- (cf. Old Frisian jen, Old Norse enn, Old High German ener, Middle Dutch ghens, German jener, Gothic jains "that, you"), from PIE pronomial stem *i- (cf. Sanskrit ena-, third person pronoun, anena "that;" Latin idem "the same," id "it, that one;" Old Church Slavonic onu "he;" Lithuanian ans "he").

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Idioms and Phrases with yon


see hither and thither (yon).

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