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Etymology 1[edit]

뎬 ←

돤 →



  1. A Hangul syllabic block made up of , , and .

Etymology 2[edit]

First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as  (Yale: ton). Various hypotheses exist regarding the etymology beyond Middle Korean. Possibly a pre-Middle Chinese borrowing, from (OC *d͡zen, "money"). This word has also been connected with 돌— (dol-, “to turn, to circulate”) and (dol, “stone”).




  1. money
Derived terms[edit]
  • 돈궤 (, don-gwe, “cash box”)
  • 돈놀이 (donnori, “money-lending”)
  • 돈독 (, dondok, “crave for money”)
  • 돈맛 (donmat, “taste, love of money”)
  • 돈벌이 (donbeori, “money-making”)
  • 돈벼락 (donbyeorak, “sudden wealth”)
  • 돈복 (, donbok, “luck in making money”)
  • 돈주머니 (donjumeoni, “purse, money bag”)
  • 돈줄 (donjul, “source of finacial support”)
  • 돈지갑 (紙匣, donjigap, “purse”)
  • 돈푼 (donpun, “little money”)
  • 목돈 (mokdon, “round sum of money”)
  • 잔돈 (jandon, “change, small money”)

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