Definition of "yen" []

  • A strong desire or inclination; a yearning or craving. (noun)
  • To have a strong desire or inclination; yearn. (verb-intransitive)
  • See Table at currency. (noun)
  • The standard monetary unit of Japan, (notionally) divided into 100 sen (noun)

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Use "yen" in a sentence
  • "After having thus repeated ‘the neck’ three times, and ‘wee yen, ’ or ‘way yen’ as often, they all burst out into a kind of loud and joyous laugh, flinging up their hats and caps into the air, capering about and perhaps kissing the girls."
  • "3RD LD: Extra budget to top 2.7 trillion yen to cope with rising yen+"
  • "Providing support for the yen is the steady stream of Japanese companies converting foreign earnings back into their home currency."