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yen

noun uk   /jen/ ( plural yen) us  

yen noun (MONEY)

[C] ( symbol ¥) the standard unit of money used in Japan: She earns 400,000 yen a month as an English teacher in Tokyo.the yen [S] the value of the yen, used in comparing the values of different types of money from around the world: The yen fell/rose against (= was worth less/more compared to) the dollar today.

yen noun (WISH)

[C usually singular] informal a strong feeling of wanting or wishing for something: I have a yen for travelling.
Translations of “yen”
in Spanish yen…
in French yen…
in German der Yen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 錢, 日元…
in Chinese (Simplified) 钱, 日元…
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