yen

Besides being the name of the Japanese currency, yen (a different yen) means a casual desire. You can have a yen for sushi, and if you're in Japan, you can pay for the sushi with the yen in your wallet.

Yen is a casual word––think of it like "hankering." If you have an easy time remembering rhymes, think "I sometimes have a yen, to go back home again." Sometimes yen can even work as a verb––you can yen for pancakes, or yen for truffles, or yen for a time when you yenned for things other than food.

Primary Meanings of yen

1.
n
the basic unit of money in Japan; equal to 100 sen
2.
nv
a yearning for something or to do something
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
Full Definitions of yen
1

n the basic unit of money in Japan; equal to 100 sen

Type of:
Japanese monetary unit
monetary unit in Japan
2

n a yearning for something or to do something

Synonyms:
hankering
Type of:
hungriness, longing, yearning
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

v have a desire for something or someone who is not present

Synonyms:
ache, languish, pine, yearn
Types:
die
languish as with love or desire
Type of:
hanker, long, yearn
desire strongly or persistently

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