Meaning of 焉

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Pinyin: yān
English Definition: where; how
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Ideographic: A bird with a strange head
Character Formation:
  • Above to middle and below
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Example Words:
不入虎穴,焉得虎子 [ xué , yān ]: How do you catch the tiger cub without entering the tiger's lair? (idiom); Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
割鸡焉用牛刀 [ yān yòng niú dāo ]: lit. why use a pole-ax to slaughter a chicken? (idiom); fig. to waste effort on a trifling matter; also written 杀鸡焉用牛刀
塞翁失马焉知非福 [ sài wēng shī yān zhī fēi ]: the old man lost his mare, but it all turned out for the best (idiom); fig. a blessing in disguise; it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good
心不在焉 [ xīn zài yān ]: absent-minded; preoccupied; inattentive; with one's thoughts wandering
于焉 [ yān ]: (classical) see 于是
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