What does yew mean?

Definitions for yewyu; unstressed yʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word yew.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yew(noun)

    wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows

  2. yew(noun)

    any of numerous evergreen trees or shrubs having red cup-shaped berries and flattened needlelike leaves


  1. yew(Noun)

    A species of coniferous tree, Taxus baccata, with dark-green flat needle-like leaves and seeds bearing red arils, native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia.

  2. yew(Noun)

    Any tree or shrub of the genus Taxus.

  3. yew(Noun)

    The wood of the yew.

  4. yew(Adjective)

    Made from the wood of the yew tree.

    But if a knight shall come with many-coloured clothes, with an ermine bonnet and a yewen bow with a silken string...

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yew(verb)

    see Yaw

  2. Yew(noun)

    an evergreen tree (Taxus baccata) of Europe, allied to the pines, but having a peculiar berrylike fruit instead of a cone. It frequently grows in British churchyards

  3. Yew(noun)

    the wood of the yew. It is light red in color, compact, fine-grained, and very elastic. It is preferred to all other kinds of wood for bows and whipstocks, the best for these purposes coming from Spain

  4. Yew(noun)

    a bow for shooting, made of the yew

  5. Yew(adj)

    of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock

  6. Origin: [OE. ew, AS. ew, w, eoh; akin to D. ijf, OHG. wa, ha, G. eibe, Icel. r; cf. Ir. iubhar, Gael. iubhar, iughar, W. yw, ywen, Lith. jva the black alder tree.]


  1. YEW

    YEW is a restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia that serves Pacific Northwest cuisine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yew

    ū, n. a tree of genus Taxus—natural order Taxaceæ, itself a suborder of Coniferæ—widely diffused over the whole northern parts of the world, with narrow lanceolate or linear leaves (in Europe long planted in graveyards), yielding an elastic wood good for bows: its wood.—adj. Yew′en (Spens.), made of yew.—n. Yew′-tree. [A.S. íw, éow, éoh; Ger. eibe, Ir. iubhar.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yew in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Prime Minister Office:

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the ICU and has deteriorated further.

  2. Amos Yee:

    Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person, because everyone is scared, everyone is afraid if they say something like that, they might get into trouble.

  3. Lady Ashcombe:

    Ever since I have lived at Sudeley and watched two generations of family growing up here, all children have loved hiding and playing games in the yew hedges.

  4. Philip Teo:

    Now that Mr Lee Kuan Yew is gone, I'm especially worried about the current government losing the political will to do what is the right thing to do for the long term, and give in to people's short-term gratification.

  5. Lee Hsien Yang:

    LHL (Lee Hsien Loong) has made convoluted, ultimately false claims about Lee Kuan Yew's wishes. LHL is trying to suggest that because LKY signed some renovation plans in early 2012, he was open to preservation of the house.

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