Main definitions of yen in English

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yen1

noun

  • The basic monetary unit of Japan.

    • ‘The other point, of course, is that a weak yen (a stronger dollar) may be what this country chiefly needs.’
    • ‘The Japanese, having borrowed the yen at zero interest rates, will then convert the yen into dollars, deutschemarks, and so forth.’
    • ‘The prices helpfully flash up on the board in pounds, dollars, Swiss francs, pesetas and yen.’
    • ‘The world has a new global currency - airline frequent flyer miles, which have a greater total value than dollars, euros, pounds or yen.’
    • ‘What is critically needed is greater - not lesser - stability between the exchange rates of the key currencies - the euro, the dollar and the yen.’
    • ‘At the Group of Five Plaza Accords in September 1985 it was decided to strengthen the yen against the dollar, in an attempt to resolve the trade imbalances caused by the success of Japanese export industries.’
    • ‘I never have had that yen, to be a behind-the-scenes guy, a manipulator of players and the builder of a franchise so to speak.’
    • ‘Thus, the President's chief economic advisor appeared to provide tacit approval to a weaker yen against the dollar.’
    • ‘A rise in the yen against the dollar reduces the value of exporters' profits when repatriated into Japanese currency, which contributes to deflation.’
    • ‘When the euro was exaggeratedly overvalued, the ECB didn't bother to print extra euros to buy dollars or yen to later sell them with a profit and to take some steam out of the euro rise.’
    • ‘The recent weakness of the yen against the dollar to 110 might provide a further indication that unsterilised intervention is indeed occurring.’
    • ‘The Japanese data bucks up the yen against the dollar and the Euro specially, after the poor US data and also not much better data coming forth from Europe.’
    • ‘MacDonald shares that yen for varied challenge.’
    • ‘The history is that after the Plaza Accord of 1985, the dollar declined against the yen.’
    • ‘The company blamed the strength of the yen against the dollar - a factor that hit Sony's profits hard too - and weak sales of its current console, the N64.’
    • ‘But they should base it on the dollar, not the yen.’
    • ‘If Koizumi has enjoyed some economic success, say critics, it has been through a combination of good luck and what many believe has been an artificial weakness of the yen against the dollar.’
    • ‘The dollar weakened against sterling, the euro and the yen.’
    • ‘And most particularly, can you name a price in dollars or yen or any other currency that you think the euro is actually going to go to before it rebounds?’
    • ‘Yet the Canadian dollar, Mexican peso, Taiwan dollar and Japanese yen all posted small gains against the greenback.’
    • ‘Whether it be for the lure of dollars or yen, or the start of a coaching career back in France remains to be seen.’
    • ‘The dollar is strong because investors would rather hold dollars than yen or euros, not because the US Treasury says it should be.’
    • ‘Japan froze yen soft loans and aid grants to the two countries for new projects, except for emergency and humanitarian aid and assistance for grassroots projects.’
    • ‘The dollar is falling most sharply against the euro and the yen.’

Origin

From Japanese en round.

Pronunciation:

yen

/jɛn/

Main definitions of yen in English

: yen1yen2

yen2

noun

informal
  • [in singular] A longing or yearning.

    [with infinitive] ‘she always had a yen to be a writer’
    • ‘Diesel, quite improbably, had always had a yen to act with the grande dame.’
    • ‘A buried yen to ski competitively came back in the early seventies, when the idea of a professional racing circuit in the States took hold.’
    • ‘His yen for a sport, in which speeds of 110 miles per hour can be reached, was fuelled when he was taken to Silverstone by his dad to watch friend Moore in karting action.’
    • ‘Scots producers with a yen to make TV shows about footballers should phone Channel 4's Julian Bellamy.’
    • ‘You can make an appointment by calling 931-3385, or just stop in if you happen to be passing by and feel a yen to yak.’
    • ‘And while homesickness and a yen to have the support of being the home team in a rough business lured the brothers back, they've set their sights on more travel eventually.’
    • ‘Some years ago I had a yen to read some science fiction.’
    • ‘But post Butler we know, not only that they can get it wrong on even the most vital and high profile issues, but that they have a particular yen for highly coloured material which exaggerates the threat.’
    • ‘Potentially a bit of a dumb topic this, but I still have a yen to start it.’
    • ‘And to have had an absolute yen to achieve your goal.’
    • ‘While growing up I watched my three brothers play baseball and always had a yen to join them.’
    • ‘If you feel a desperate yen to join them no-one will stop you, it will scare the living daylights out of you, but what's more important, once back on deck, you will feel like a million dollars.’
    • ‘He's got a three-week Greyhound Discovery Pass, a map of mom-and-pop ski hills, and a yen to see the west from the vantage of a pungent window seat.’
    • ‘If you have a yen for something different, not on the menu, voila, it's yours.’
    • ‘If you have a yen for the ole west, you'll find what you are looking for in Morris starting next week.’
    • ‘In the black heart of winter, 1959, Buddy Holly journeyed there with a miserable cold and a yen for home; his brief stay cured both.’
    • ‘Lately, I'm feeling a yen to do something different with my body.’
    • ‘Sammy (loosely based on Alexander Pantages) has a yen for Kitty, who actually gives us a truncated version of her famous ribbon dance.’
    hankering, yearning, longing, craving, urge, desire, want, wish, hunger, thirst, lust, appetite, greed, ache, burning, eagerness, fervour
    fancy, inclination
    itch
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verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Feel a longing or yearning.

    ‘it's no use yenning for the old simplicities’
    • ‘And I should have linked it immediately to the Hippie's sudden yenning for suburban clothing.’

Origin

Late 19th century (in the sense ‘craving (of a drug addict) for a drug’): from Chinese yǎn.

Pronunciation:

yen

/jɛn/