zen

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See also: Zen, zěn, zèn, zeń, and źeń

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Japanese , from (禅那 zenna; Mandarin: chánnà), a derivation from the Sanskrit term ध्यान (dhyāna; Pāli: jhāna), which refers to a specific type or aspect of meditation.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Often capitalized, similar to a proper noun, when talking about the denomination proper (compare Catholicism), rather than the philosophy or calm: “That’s very zen.” versus “She studies Zen Buddhism.”

Noun[edit]

zen (uncountable)

  1. (religion) A denomination of Buddhism

Adjective[edit]

zen (comparative more zen, superlative most zen)

  1. (religion) Pertaining to this denomination of Buddhism
  2. (colloquial) extremely relaxed and collected

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Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen

  1. zen

Declension[edit]


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen m (plural zen)

  1. zen

Adjective[edit]

zen (invariable)

  1. pertaining to zen.
  2. (colloquial) extremely relaxed and collected.

Anagrams[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

zen

  1. rōmaji reading of ぜん

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

zen

  1. rafsi of zenba.

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

zen

  1. Nonstandard spelling of zěn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of zèn.

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.

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen m (uncountable)

  1. (religion) Zen (denomination of Buddhism)
  2. (informal) Zen (philosophy)

Adjective[edit]

zen m, f (plural zen; comparable)

  1. (religion) zen (pertaining to the Zen denomination of Buddhism)
  2. (informal) zen (extremely relaxing)

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen (plural zens)

  1. ash, cinder

Declension[edit]