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Yen

[yen]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Chinese, late 19th century

1.

A longing or yearning.

2.

The basic monetary unit of Japan.

Examples of Yen in a sentence

"Nathan always had a yen for an ice-cream sundae after a concert."

"He spent most of his yen on souvenirs before the group even reached the hot springs."

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About Yen

This word is thought to have originated from the Chinese word “yǎn” (craving). There is a chance that this term was also influenced by the word “yān” (opium), as it describes something that induces an intense yearning or longing feeling.

Did you Know?

Yen isn’t just a noun describing a longing or yearning feeling — it is also a noun that describes Japan’s currency. While other countries have names for different categories of their currency — such as the United States’ dollars, quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies — Japanese currency is called yen whether it is paper money or a coin. Yen can appear as bills or as coins, and are differentiated from each other by variations in shape, color, and value.

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