yang

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See also: Yang, yāng, yáng, yǎng, and yàng

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Chinese ("sun, bright, living, male").

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Noun[edit]

yang (plural yangs)

  1. The essential male principle in eastern religion or philosophy.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Korean (yang, “yang, tael”, ).

Noun[edit]

yang (plural yangs)

  1. The monetary unit of Korea from 1892 to 1902, divided 100 pun.

Etymology 3[edit]

Imitative.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

yang (third-person singular simple present yangs, present participle yanging, simple past and past participle yanged)

  1. (rare) To make the cry of the wild goose.
    • 1902, Eleanor Gates, The biography of a prairie girl
      Away they went, the colt in the lead and the pinto after, until they reached the bunch of cottonwoods far up the stream where the yanging wild geese had their nests.
    • 1957, Adelbert Ames, Chronicles from the Nineteenth Century: 1874-1899
      Last night we were awakened by the barking of dogs and yanging of a goose, and investigated to find that the man had neglected to house the geese and the dogs were killing them.

Noun[edit]

yang (plural yangs)

  1. The cry of the wild goose; a honk.
    • 1867, Gail Hamilton, Wool-gathering[1], Boston: Ticknor and Fields, page 185:
      Hangs is a false word, — a Northern corruption of the negro dialect yang, — an onomatopœian word, representing the "far heard clang" of the wild goose.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Mandarin

Noun[edit]

yang m (uncountable)

  1. yang

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malay yang.

Conjunction[edit]

yang

  1. which ((relative) who, whom, what)

Pronoun[edit]

yang

  1. one (impersonal pronoun)

Malay[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From hiang, from Proto-Malayic *hiaŋ, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic *hiaŋ, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan *hiaŋ, from Proto-Sunda-Sulawesi *hiaŋ, from Proto-Western Malayo-Polynesian *qiaŋ.

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Noun[edit]

yang (Jawi spelling يڠ, used only in the form yang-yang)

  1. Alternative form of hiang.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Conjunction[edit]

yang (Jawi spelling يڠ)

  1. which ((relative) who, whom, what)

Pronoun[edit]

yang (Jawi spelling يڠ)

  1. one (impersonal pronoun)

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

yang

  1. Nonstandard spelling of yāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of yáng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of yǎng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of yàng.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.