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Yon \Yon\ (y[o^]n), a. [OE. yon, [yogh]on, AS. geon; akin to G. jener, OHG. jen[=e]r, Icel. enn, inn; cf. Goth. jains. At a distance, but within view; yonder. [Poetic]

Read thy lot in yon celestial sign.

Though fast yon shower be fleeting.


Yon \Yon\, adv. Yonder. [Obs. or Poetic]

But, first and chiefest, with thee bring Him that yon soars on golden wing.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English geon "that (over there)," from Proto-Germanic *jaino- (cognates: Old Frisian jen, Old Norse enn, Old High German ener, Middle Dutch ghens, German jener, Gothic jains "that, you"), from PIE pronomial stem *i- (cognates: Sanskrit ena-, third person pronoun, anena "that;" Latin idem "the same," id "it, that one;" Old Church Slavonic onu "he;" Lithuanian ans "he"). As an adverb from late 15c., a shortening of yonder.


Etymology 1 a. (context dated or dialectal English) That (thing) over there; of something distant, but within sight. adv. (context dated or dialectal English) yonder. pron. (context dated or dialectal English) That one or those over there. Etymology 2

phr. (context knitting English) (acronym of yarn over needle English)


adv. at or in an indicated (usually distant) place (`yon' is archaic and dialectal); "the house yonder"; "scattered here and yon"- Calder Willingham [syn: yonder]


adj. distant but within sight (`yon' is dialectal); "yonder valley"; "the hills yonder"; "what is yon place?" [syn: yonder]

Yon (river)

The Yon is a long river in the Vendée département, western France. Its source is at Saint-Martin-des-Noyers. It flows generally south. It is a right tributary of the Lay into which it flows between Rosnay and Le Champ-Saint-Père.


Yon may refer to:


  • Yon García (born 1979), Spanish former figure skater and five-time Spanish national champion
  • Yon Goicoechea (born 1984), Venezuelan lawyer and political activist
  • Yon González (born 1986), Spanish actor
  • Pak Yǒn, Korean name taken by shipwrecked Dutch sailor Jan Jansz. Weltevree (1595-?)
  • Yon Soriano (born 1987), Dominican sprinter
  • Yon Tumarkin (born 1989), Israeli actor and singer
  • Yon Hyong-muk (1931-2005), North Korean politician and Premier of North Korea
  • Michael Yon (born 1964), American writer and photographer
  • Pietro Yon (1886–1943), Italian organist and composer
  • Tom A. Yon (1882-1971), American politician
  • Simon "Yon" Hall, a member of the Australian musical comedy trio Tripod

Other uses:

  • Yon (river), France
  • Yon Mound and Village Site, a prehistoric archaeological site in Florida
  • Yön ("Direction" in English), a Turkish weekly leftist political magazine published between 1961 and 1967
  • YON, IATA code for Yongphulla Airport, Bhutan
  • yon, ISO 639-3 code for the Yonggom language of West Papua and Papua New Guinea

Usage examples of "yon".

That you got yon man to dog me all night, put a tot in every one of my pints, drown me with arrack punch, leave me with a whore?

The falukah was tossed this way and that, as if caught in a simoon, and he was rolled hither and yon in the company of Chud, Abdullah, and the headless mullet.

But O, build it strong and stanch, And to the lines and the treacherous rocks look well as yon launch Over the foamy tops of the waves, and their foam-sprent sides, Over the hidden reefs, and through the embattled tides, Onward rushes the raft, with many a lurch and leap,-- Lord!

Therefore, upon receiving the fealty of Sir Roberto di Bolgia, the magnate had not only given him back Ulaid in feoff as pre-agreed, but had absolved him and Ulaid in advance of all taxes for five years and half of the taxes for five more years, remarking while so doing that, badly as he always needed income, he still had rather see the lands held for him by his vassals and clients rich, safe from external foes, productive, and enjoying the internal peace that only comes of well-fed commoners than be having to run his armies and fleet ragged helping to put down the constant rebellions of starving, desperate people hither and yon, such as too many shortsighted and greedy monarchs had done, were doing, and would do.

They seek him here, they seek him there, they seek yon Findhorn everywhere.

There never was woman yet, young or auld, that was ill-set to a sodger, forbye yon randy Jael, wha maun hae been an unco trial to her man.

Didst thou not tell me that thy soul shook with remorse when thou wert compelled to place even a crumb of cake before the Lares that watch over yon impluvium?

I am sick to the soul of yon pallid sky, And the moveless sea beneath.

Cybele, by yon most ancient sacellum in Pompeii, that the dead man embraced your faith!

Now, let us hail yon taximeter cab, and desire the stern-faced aristocrat on the box to drive us to Dulwich.

O still vast vision of transfigured features Unvisited by secret crimes or dooms, Remain, remain amid these water-creatures, Stand, shine among yon water-lily blooms.

Yon small bird his hymn outpouring, On the branch close by, Recks not for the kestrel soaring In the nether sky, Though the hawk with wings extended Poises over head, Motionless as though suspended By a viewless thread.

Through all that year-scarred agony of height, Unblest of bough or bloom, to where expands His wandy circlet with his bladed bands Dividing every wind, or loud or light, To termless hymns of love and old despite, Yon tall palmetto in the twilight stands, Bare Dante of these purgatorial sands That glimmer marginal to the monstrous night.

I tell you last night I was trembling like a weaned child before yon blast that blew out of Hell, and you yourself were no better when I found you here.

Look to the right, And read the shaping scheme by yon hill-side, Where cannon, foot, and brisk dragoons you see, With Werle and Latour-Maubourg to guide, Waiting to breast the hill-brow bloodily.