yen

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See also: Yen, yên, yến, yeñ, and yeŋ

English[edit]

Japanese 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-yen (etymology 1) banknotes
A painting of a man smoking an opium pipe, which used to hang in an opium den run by one Ah Sing in New Court, Victoria Street, London, UK. It is now in the collection of the Wellcome Library in London. The “strong desire” sense of the word yen (etymology 2) comes from a Chinese term meaning “addiction, craving, habit”.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Japanese (en (earlier, yen)), from Mandarin (yuán, circle; round coin (a reference to the piece of eight)); compare Mandarin (yuán, yuan; dollar), Korean (won, won, the official currencies of North Korea and South Korea respectively).

Noun[edit]

yen ‎(plural yen)

  1. The unit of Japanese currency (symbol: ¥), equal to 100 sen.
  2. A coin or note worth one yen.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from Cantonese (jan5, addiction, craving, habit) (Mandarin (yǐn)); compare English yen-yen(a craving for opium), probably from Cantonese 菸癮(jin1jan5, addiction or craving (for opium)) (Mandarin 菸癮(yānyǐn)): (jin1, opium; smoke) (Mandarin (yān)) + (jan5, addiction, craving, habit) (Mandarin (yǐn)).

Noun[edit]

yen ‎(plural yens)

  1. A strong desire, urge, or yearning.
    • 1934, Lew Levenson, “XX”, in Butterfly Man, page 208:
      "You for me and me for you," then hummed: "Two for tea and tea for two …" Her voice trailed off … "All I got is a yen for Diana and my sweet little cute little Zigzag."
    humankind's yen for knowledge
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Verb[edit]

yen ‎(third-person singular simple present yens, present participle yenning, simple past and past participle yenned)

  1. To have a strong desire for.
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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese (en, yen, circle).

Noun[edit]

yen m ‎(plural yens)

  1. yen, Japanese monetary unit and coin.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /jɛn/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: hyène (hyène can have aspirate or mute h, whereas yen is always "aspirate")

Noun[edit]

yen m ‎(plural yens)

  1. yen (currency)

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Preposition[edit]

yen

  1. here is
    Ube la kafeerio esas? — Where is the café?
    Yen la kafeerio! — Here is the café.

Koko-Bera[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

yen ‎(accusative yintéw, dative yintéw)

  1. you; second person singular pronoun, nominative case

References[edit]

  • 2008, Paul Black, Pronominal Accretions in Pama-Nyungan, in Morphology and Language History (ISBN 9027290962, edited by Claire Bowern, ‎Bethwyn Evans, ‎Luisa Miceli)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese (en)

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Noun[edit]

yen m ‎(plural yenes)

  1. yen

Volapük[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese (en)

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Noun[edit]

yen ‎(plural yens)

  1. yen

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