zen

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See also: Zen, zeń, zèn, zěn, zen-, žen, žeň, źeń, and Ζήν

Translingual[edit]

Symbol[edit]

zen

  1. (international standards) ISO 639-2 & ISO 639-3 language code for Zenaga.

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Zen. In more general use, popularized by Eugen Herrigel's 1948 Zen in the Art of Archery and Robert M. Pirsig's 1974 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛn

Noun[edit]

zen (uncountable)

  1. (religion) Synonym of enlightenment, particularly the kind acquired through Zen meditation.
  2. An approach to instruction, understanding, or an activity similarly emphasizing simplicity and intuition rather than conventional thinking or fixation on goals.
    the zen of cooking... the zen of passing the bar exam... the zen of C++...

Synonyms[edit]

  • (a simple & intuitive method reflecting supposed Eastern wisdom): tao

Adjective[edit]

zen (comparative more zen, superlative most zen)

  1. (religion) Alternative letter-case form of Zen: of or related to Zen Buddhism, particularly its focus on indirect teaching of wisdom through riddles and stories.
  2. (colloquial) Wise, displaying enlightenment or similar wisdom, insightful, unburdened and free of worries, extremely relaxed and capable.

Usage notes[edit]

In general application, zen can carry orientalizing overtones, particularly of smug superiority over conventional western thought. It is therefore also applied sarcastically to disparage shallow understanding, feigned wisdom, or bullshitting.

References[edit]

  • zen at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams[edit]


Antillean Creole[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen

  1. fishhook

Aynu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to Persian زن(zan).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen

  1. woman

References[edit]

  • Otto Ladstätter, Andreas Tietze, Die Abdal (Äynu) in Xinjiang (1994)

Basque[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /s̻en/, [s̻ẽ̞n]

Verb[edit]

zen

  1. Third-person singular (hura) past indicative form of izan.

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese (ぜん) (zen).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzen/, [ˈze̞n]
  • IPA(key): /ˈtsen/, [ˈts̠e̞n]
  • Rhymes: -en
  • Syllabification(key): zen

Noun[edit]

zen

  1. zen

Declension[edit]

Inflection of zen (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative zen zenit
genitive zenin zenien
partitive zeniä zenejä
illative zeniin zeneihin
singular plural
nominative zen zenit
accusative nom. zen zenit
gen. zenin
genitive zenin zenien
partitive zeniä zenejä
inessive zenissä zeneissä
elative zenistä zeneistä
illative zeniin zeneihin
adessive zenillä zeneillä
ablative zeniltä zeneiltä
allative zenille zeneille
essive zeninä zeneinä
translative zeniksi zeneiksi
instructive zenein
abessive zenittä zeneittä
comitative zeneineen
Possessive forms of zen (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person zenini zenimme
2nd person zenisi zeninne
3rd person zeninsä

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen m (plural zen)

  1. zen

Adjective[edit]

zen (invariable)

  1. (relational) zen
  2. (colloquial) extremely relaxed and collected

Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Haitian Creole[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen

  1. fishhook

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Indonesian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia id

From Japanese (ぜん, zen), from Middle Chinese (MC d͡ʑiᴇn) (compare Mandarin (chán), an abbreviation of 禪那 (MC d͡ʑiᴇn nɑ), from Sanskrit ध्यान (dhyāna, a type of meditation). Akin to dhyana.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /zɛn/
  • Hyphenation: zèn

Noun[edit]

zen

  1. (religion) A denomination of Buddhism.

Further reading[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

zen

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ぜん

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

zen

  1. Nonstandard spelling of zēn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of zěn.
  3. 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.

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen

  1. (Kent) Alternative form of synne

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Japanese , from Middle Chinese (MC d͡ʑiᴇn).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen m inan or zen n (indeclinable)

  1. zen (denomination of Buddhism)

Declension[edit]

Masculine inanimate:

This word is indeclinable when used as a neuter noun.

Further reading[edit]

  • zen in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • zen in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen m (uncountable)

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

Adjective[edit]

zen (invariable)

  1. zen
    1. (religion) pertaining to the Zen denomination of Buddhism
    2. (informal) extremely relaxing
  2. (informal, of a person) calm, peaceful, not easily angered

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /ˈθen/ [ˈθẽn]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /ˈsen/ [ˈsẽn]
  • Rhymes: -en
  • Syllabification: zen

Adjective[edit]

zen (invariable)

  1. zen

Noun[edit]

zen m (uncountable)

  1. zen

Further reading[edit]


Volapük[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Zinder, French cendre and English cinder.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zen (nominative plural zens)

  1. ash, cinder
    • 1952, Epistle to the Hebrews, 9.13,14, translated by Arie de Jong.
      If ya blud toras e hikaparas, e zen kunüla, kel pagifülon ad klinükön koapi, saludükon profenanis,
      vio mödikumo blud Kristusa, kel ededietom oki dub Lanal laidüpik nenmiotädiko Gode, oklinükon konsieni obsik de vobots deadik, ad kultön Godi liföl.
      If the blood of bulls and billies, and the ashes of heifers, which is sprinkled to clean the body, already sanctifies profane people,
      how much more will the blood of Christ, who gave himself unblemished to God because of the eternal Spirit, clean our conscience from dead deeds to worship the living God.

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