Part of speech: noun
Origin: Chinese, late 19th century
A longing or yearning.
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."
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.