Meaning of YEN in English

YEN

/ jen; NAmE / noun

1.

( pl. yen ) [ C ] the unit of money in Japan

2.

the yen [ sing. ] ( finance ) the value of the yen compared with the value of the money of other countries

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] yen (for sth / to do sth) a strong desire

SYN longing :

I've always had a yen to travel around the world.

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WORD ORIGIN

senses 1 to 2 from Japanese en round.

sense 3 late 19th cent. (in the sense craving (of a drug addict) for a drug ): from Chinese yăn .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.