See also: Yen, yên, yến, yeñ, and yeŋ

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Etymology 1Edit

 
1000, 5000, and 10,000-yen notes
 
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From Medhurst[1] and Hepburn's romanizations,[2] under the influence of earlier Portuguese romanizations, of Japanese (round; round object; coin, esp. silver dollars) as ye or yen, now (en), from Chinese 銀圓 (yínyuán, silver round object(s), esp. Mexican silver dollars).[3] Cognate with Chinese (yuán, monetary unit, esp. RMB) and Korean (won, North or South Korean won).

NounEdit

yen (plural yen)

  1. The unit of Japanese currency (symbol: ¥) since 1871, divided into 100 sen.
  2. A coin or note worth one yen.
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Etymology 2Edit

 
A painting of an opium-smoker which used to hang in Ah Sing's opium den on Victoria Street in London, England.

Uncertain, but probably from Cantonese (jan5, craving) originally in reference to opium addiction, Cantonese 煙癮 or 菸癮 (jin1-jan5). Compare later yen and yen-yen.[4]

NounEdit

yen (plural yens)

  1. A strong desire, urge, or yearning.
    humankind's yen for knowledge
    • 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."
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VerbEdit

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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Etymology 3Edit

From Chinese or Cantonese or (yān or jin1, smoke, spec. opium). Compare earlier yen and later yen-yen.[5]

NounEdit

yen (plural yens)

  1. opium
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AnagramsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Medhurst, W.H. (1830), An English and Japanese and Japanese and English Vocabulary Compiled from Native Works. Batavia.
  2. ^ Hepburn, J.C. (1867), A Japanese and English Dictionary. Shanghai: American Presbyterian Mission Press.
  3. ^ "Yen" in the Heibonsha World Encyclopedia, Vol. III, Tokyo: Heibonsha, 2007.
  4. ^ "yen, n.²", in the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. ^ "yen, n.³", in the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Japanese (en, yen, circle).

NounEdit

yen m (plural yens)

  1. yen, Japanese monetary unit and coin.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Japanese

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

yen m (plural yens)

  1. yen (currency)

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IdoEdit

PrepositionEdit

yen

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

Koko-BeraEdit

PronounEdit

yen (accusative yintéw, dative yintéw)

  1. you; second person singular pronoun, nominative case

ReferencesEdit

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

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Japanese (en)

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NounEdit

yen m (plural yenes)

  1. yen

VolapükEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Japanese (en)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

yen (plural yens)

  1. yen

DeclensionEdit