Meaning of YEN in English


I. ˈyen noun

( plural yen )

Etymology: Japanese en

Date: 1875

— see money table

II. noun

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

Date: 1906

: a strong desire or propensity : longing

a yen for the sea

also : urge , craving

a yen for ice cream

III. intransitive verb

( yenned ; yen·ning )

Date: circa 1919

: to have an intense desire : long , yearn

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.