Definition of yean in English:


transitive verb

[with object] archaic
  • (of a sheep or goat) give birth to (a lamb or kid)

    ‘the day a lamb was yeaned’
    • ‘the ewes yean in a yard or standing pen’
    • ‘When the Riabhog days are done, the temperature rises, the lambs are yeaned under the hawthorn trees.’
    • ‘The sheep yeaned without any bother and there was no need for overtime in the ‘maternity unit’.’



/yēn/ /jin/


Late Middle English perhaps representing an Old English verb related to ēanian ‘to lamb’.