from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong desire or inclination; a yearning or craving.
  • intransitive v. To have a strong desire or inclination; yearn.
  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The unit of Japanese currency, equal to 100 sen.
  • n. A coin or note worth one yen.
  • n. A strong desire, urge, or yearning.
  • v. To have a strong desire for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The unit of value and account in Japan. The yen is equal to 100 sen. From Japan's adoption of the gold standard, in 1897, to about 1913 the value of the yen was about 50 cents. In 1997 and 1998 the value of the yen varied from 80 per U. S. dollar to 120 per dollar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal form of yon.
  • n. A name given by the Indians about the Klamath Lakes of Oregon to the short-nosed sucker, Chasmistes brevirostris.
  • n. A variant of eyen, plural of eye.
  • n. The monetary unit of Japan since 1871, represented
  • n. by a gold coin weighing 1.666 grams, .900 fine, and thus practically equal in value to the United States gold dollar; and
  • n. by a silver coin weighing 26.956 grams (416 grains), .900 fine, and thus about equal to the silver dollar of the United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have a desire for something or someone who is not present
  • n. the basic unit of money in Japan; equal to 100 sen
  • n. a yearning for something or to do something


Chinese (Cantonese) uên, hope, wish, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) yuàn.
Japanese en, from Chinese (Mandarin) yuán, dollar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese  (en, "yen, circle"). (Wiktionary)
From yen-yen ("a craving for opium"), from Mandarin  (Mandarin: yǐn; Cantonese: yan5, "addiction, craving (for opium)"). (Wiktionary)



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