Meaning of YEN in English

YEN

yen /jen/ BrE AmE noun

[ Sense 1-2: Date: 1800-1900 ; Language: Japanese ; Origin: en , from Chinese yuan ; ⇨ ↑ yuan ]

[ Sense 3: Date: 1900-2000 ; Language: Chinese ; Origin: yan ]

1 . [countable] ( plural yen ) the standard unit of money in Japan: symbol ¥

2 . the yen the value of Japanese money in relation to the money of other countries:

The dollar fell by 24 percent against the yen (=decreased in value in relation to the yen) between 1970 and 1973.

3 . [singular] a strong desire

yen for

a yen for foreign travel

yen to do something

She’d always had a yen to write a book.

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