Meaning of YEN in English

YEN

n.

Function: noun

Etymology: obsolete English argot yen-yen craving for opium, from Chinese (Guangdong) y ī n-yáhn, from y ī n opium + yáhn craving

Date: 1906

: a strong desire or propensity : LONGING <a yen for the sea> also : URGE , CRAVING <a yen for ice cream>

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