Etymology
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yen (n.1)

Japanese monetary unit, 1875, from Japanese yen, from Chinese yuan "round, round object, circle, dollar."

yen (n.2)

"sharp desire, hunger," 1906, earlier yen-yen (1900), yin (1876) "intense craving for opium," from Chinese (Cantonese) yan "craving," or from a Beijing dialect word for "smoke." Reinforced in English by influence of yearn.

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Definitions of yen
1
yen (n.)
a yearning for something or to do something;
Synonyms: hankering
yen (n.)
the basic unit of money in Japan; equal to 100 sen;
2
yen (v.)
have a desire for something or someone who is not present;
Synonyms: ache / yearn / pine / languish
From wordnet.princeton.edu