See also: Yon, yön, þon, and -yon

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English yon, from Old English ġeon, from Proto-Germanic *jainaz.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

yon (not comparable)

  1. (dated or dialectal) That (thing) over there; of something distant, but within sight.
    He went to climb yon hill.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IV”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Read thy lot in yon celestial sign.
    • 1856, Herman Melville, The Lightning Rod Man:
      " [] Yet first let me close yonder shutters; the slanting rain is beating through the sash. I will bar up." "Are you mad? Know you not that yon iron bar is a swift conductor? Desist."
    • 2012 Spring, Gerda Stevenson, “Federer versus Murray”, in Salmagundi:
      His head... his head... his face... it wisnae there. Nae black curly hair, nae eyes - I've never seen eyes sae blue as Joe's. Irises blue as yon sky. Blown tae smithereens... his gorgeous, bonny head, no there.
TranslationsEdit

AdverbEdit

yon (not comparable)

  1. (dated or dialectal) yonder.

PronounEdit

yon

  1. (dated or dialectal) That one or those over there.

Etymology 2Edit

PhraseEdit

yon

  1. (knitting) Acronym of yarn over needle.
    • 2006, Heather Dixon, Not Your Mama's Knitting (page 222)
      Buttonhole row: (K1, p1) 3 times, yon, k2tog, (k1,p1) 5 times, yon, k2tog, []

AnagramsEdit


Haitian CreoleEdit

EtymologyEdit

Maybe a contraction of French il y a un.

ArticleEdit

yon

  1. a, an; the indefinite article

Usage notesEdit

Yon always precedes the noun it modifies, unlike most adjectives.

Related termsEdit


JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

yon

  1. Rōmaji transcription of よん

Kok-PaponkEdit

PronounEdit

yon

  1. you; second-person singular pronoun

ReferencesEdit

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

ScotsEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English yon, from Old English ġeon, from Proto-Germanic *jainaz. Compare English yon and German jener.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [jon]
  • (North Northern Scots, Orcadian) IPA(key): [jɪn]
  • (Shetlandic) IPA(key): [jʌn]

AdjectiveEdit

yon (not comparable)

  1. that, those, yonder (indicating a person or thing at some distance in time or space usually more remote than that)

PronounEdit

yon

  1. that one person or thing, etc.
  2. those

AdverbEdit

yon (not comparable)

  1. yonder, over there, further away
  2. thither, to that place

Derived termsEdit


TatarEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Turkic *juŋ. Compare Kazakh жүн (jün, wool, fur, feather).

NounEdit

yon

  1. feather