AskDefine | Define yang

The Collaborative Dictionary

Yang \Yang\, n. [Of imitative origin.] The cry of the wild goose; a honk. [1913 Webster]
Yang \Yang\, v. i. To make the cry of the wild goose. [1913 Webster]
yang \yang\, n. (Chinese philosophy) One of the two fundamental principles. See yin and yang. [PJC]

Word Net

yang n : the bright positive masculine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology; "yin and yang together produce everything that comes into existence" [ant: yin]




  1. The essential male principle in eastern religion or philosophy.
  2. The monetary unit of Korea from 1892 to 1902, divided 100 pun.


Related terms


  • Chinese: , (yáng)
  • Japanese: (よう, yō)
  • Korean: [陽] (yang)





Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, yāng, yáng, yǎng, or yàng.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.
Yang may refer to:
  • Yang (the God): an ancient faith in Tây Nguyên, Vietnam.
  • Yang (character), The fictional character from the Disney/Jetix show Yin Yang Yo!.
  • Yang is a transcription of several Chinese words as they are pronounced in Mandarin:
    • or 阳 (yáng), a word that may mean "(sun)light," "good," "heaven," etc.
      • This is also the word for one half of the two opposing forces in Chinese philosophy, described as "bright positive masculine principle" in Chinese dualistic cosmology of yin and yang
    • or 杨 is a word for certain tree species, such as the poplar and the aspen.
      • Yang (surname), is usually transcribed from this word. E.g. Edward Zhong Zhong Yang
    • , sheep or goat, and symbol for the eighth of twelve animals in Chinese astrology.
    • (yáng), a word for "ocean," which may also be used as a prefix to form words that refer to foreign people, objects, or ideas that have reached China from overseas
  • Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the constitutional monarch of Malaysia
  • Yang is Experiment 502 in Lilo and Stitch: The Series
  • Yang Fang Leiden - a fictional character from Final Fantasy IV
  • Yang Lee - a character in the Street Fighter III series of fighting videogames.
  • Chen Ning Yang: a Nobel Prize winning physicist.
  • Yang Zhongjian (杨钟健, 1897-1979), a Chinese paleontologist
yang in German: Yang
yang in French: Yang
yang in Korean: 양 (동음이의)
yang in Dutch: Yang
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