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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [yahng, yang]
    • /yɑŋ, yæŋ/
    • /jæŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [yahng, yang]
    • /yɑŋ, yæŋ/

Definitions of yang word

  • noun yang (in Chinese philosophy and religion) two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (yin) and one positive, bright, and masculine (yang) whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things. 1
  • noun yang (in Chinese philosophy) the active male principle of the universe, characterized as male and creative and associated with heaven, heat, and light. 1
  • noun yang Chinese philosophy: masculine principle 1
  • uncountable noun yang In Chinese philosophy, yang is one of the two opposing principles whose interaction is believed to influence everything in the universe. Yang is positive, bright, and masculine while yin is negative, dark, and feminine. 0
  • noun yang Chen Ning (ˈtʃɛn ˈnɪŋ). born 1922, US physicist, born in China: with Tsung-Dao Lee, he disproved the physical principle known as the conservation of parity and shared the Nobel prize for physics (1957) 0
  • noun yang in Chinese philosophy, the active, positive, masculine force or principle in the universe, source of light and heat: it is always both contrasted with and complementary to the yin 0

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Origin of yang

First appearance:

before 1930
One of the 10% newest English words
First recorded in 1930-35, yin and yang is from the Chinese word yīn-yáng

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Parts of speech for Yang


yang popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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