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

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EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zen (uncountable)

  1. (religion) A denomination of Buddhism
  2. (religion) Profound meditation within that denomination of Buddhism
  3. An approach to an activity, skill, or subject that emphasizes 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++

Usage notesEdit

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.”

SynonymsEdit

  • (approach emphasizing simplicity etc): tao

AdjectiveEdit

zen (comparative more zen, superlative most zen)

  1. (religion) Pertaining to this denomination of Buddhism
  2. (colloquial) enlightened, unburdened and free of worries; chill, extremely relaxed and collected

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • zen at OneLook Dictionary Search

AnagramsEdit


AynuEdit

EtymologyEdit

Related to Persian زن (zan).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zen

  1. woman

ReferencesEdit

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

FinnishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zen

  1. zen

DeclensionEdit

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

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zen m (plural zen)

  1. zen

AdjectiveEdit

zen (invariable)

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

Further readingEdit

AnagramsEdit


JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

zen

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ぜん

LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

zen

  1. rafsi of zenba.

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

zen

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

Usage notesEdit

  • 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.

PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

zen m (uncountable)

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

AdjectiveEdit

zen (plural zen, comparable)

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

VolapükEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Zinder, French cendre and English cinder.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zen (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.

DeclensionEdit