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

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EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

Zen (uncountable)

  1. (religion) A denomination of Buddhism elaborated in Japan.
  2. (religion) Profound meditation within that denomination of Buddhism.
  3. (informal) A philosophy of calm, reminiscent of that of the Buddhist denomination.

Usage notesEdit

Usually capitalized in all senses, almost always when talking about the denomination proper (compare Catholicism), usually but less often when referring to a looser sense of the philosophy or calm: “That’s very zen.” versus “She studies Zen Buddhism.”

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Zen (comparative more Zen, superlative most Zen)

  1. (colloquial) Extremely relaxed and collected.
    • 2020, N. K. Jemisin, The City We Became, Orbit, page 431:
      Part of him is still so much the newbie, amazed to find this place of sand and sun stuck onto the ass end of the greatest city in the world, but the rest of him has relaxed into acceptance already. He's Zen like that.

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NounEdit

Zen m

  1. (Buddhism) zen (denomination of Buddhism)

Further readingEdit

  • Zen in Duden online

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Proper nounEdit

Zen m

  1. (Buddhism) Zen

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Zen

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ぜん