Definition of yen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//jen//
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  1. 1 (pl. yen) [countable] the unit of money in Japan
  2. 2 the yen [singular] (finance) the value of the yen compared with the value of the money of other countries
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] yen (for something/to do something) a strong desire synonym longing I've always had a yen to travel around the world.
  4. Word Originsenses 1 to 2from Japanese en ‘round’.sense 3 late 19th cent. (in the sense ‘craving (of a drug addict) for a drug’): from Chinese yăn.
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