ye

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ye, ȝe, from Old English ġē (ye), the nominative case of the second-person plural personal pronoun, from West Germanic *jīz, variant of Proto-Germanic *jūz (ye), from Proto-Indo-European *yūs (ye), *yū́, plural of *túh₂. Cognate with Scots ye (ye), Dutch gij, jij, je (ye), Low German ji, jie (ye), German ihr (ye), Danish and Swedish I (ye), Icelandic ér (ye). See also you.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • ȝe (chiefly in Middle English)

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ye (personal pronoun)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England, Cornish, Ireland or archaic) you (the people being addressed).
Usage notes[edit]

Ye was originally used only for the nominative case (as the subject), and only for the second-person plural. Later, ye was used as a subject or an object, either singular or plural, which is the way that you is used today.

Derived terms[edit]
References[edit]
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]

Verb[edit]

ye (present participle yeyn)

  1. (obsolete) Address a single person by the use of the pronoun ye instead of thou.
    • 1483, Catholicon Anglicum: An English–Latin Wordbook (Monson 168), page 426
      To ȝe, vosare jn plurali numero vos vestrum vel tibi [perh. read vobis].
    • 1511, Promptorium Parvulorum (de Worde), sig. M.iiiᵛ/2
      Yeyn or sey ye with worshyp, viso.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (address by the pronoun ye): yeet (obsolete)
Antonyms[edit]
  • (address by the pronoun ye): thowt (obsolete)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English þe. The letter y is a variant of þ (thorn), a letter which corresponds to modern th, but letter þ did not exist in first press typographies, so was replaced using either "th" or "y". Etymological y was for a time distinguished by a dot, , but the letters were conflated when that was dropped.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Traditionally pronounced the same as the, but now often pronounced with the ordinary sound of <y>: IPA(key): /jiː/

Article[edit]

ye

  1. (archaic, definite) the
    • 1647, The old deluder, Satan, Act. (cited in American Public School Law, K. Alexander, M. Alexander, 1995)
      It being one cheife proiect of ye ould deluder, Satan, to keepe men from the knowledge of v Scriptures, as in formr times by keeping ym in an unknowne tongue, so in these lattr times by perswading from ye use of tongues, yt so at least ye true sence & meaning of ye originall might be clouded by false glosses of saint seeming deceivers, yt learning may not be buried in ye church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting or endeavors,—
    • Ye Olde Medicine Shoppe.
Derived terms[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

ye

  1. third-person singular present indicative of ser

Catawba[edit]

Noun[edit]

ye

  1. Man (adult male human), men.
  2. Person, people.
  3. Native American Indian(s).

Usage notes[edit]

  • Catawba nouns do not inflect for number.
  • Many of Catawba's names for tribes incorporate this word, e.g. yę iswa (people of the river: the Catawba), yę manterą (people born in/on the land: the Cherokee).
  • The vowel of this word is generally nasalized; this is reflected in different ways or not at all in different transcriptions: ye, , yen. Sometimes, an initial i, also nasalized, is found: inyen / įyę.

References[edit]

  • 1858, Oscar M. Lieber, Vocabulary of the Catawba Language
  • 1900, Albert S. Gatschet, Grammatic Sketch of the Catawba Language (published in the American Anthropologist)
  • 1942, Frank G. Speck and C. E. Shaeffer, Catawba Kinship and Social Organization
  • 1945, Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Linguistic Classification of Catawba (published in the International Journal of American Linguistics)

Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Verb[edit]

ye

  1. Form of se used at the end of a phrase, after the predicate and the subject, in that order; to be.
    Kimoun ou ye? (Who are you?; literally, Who you are?)

Ido[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ye

  1. at

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ye

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

ye (plural)

  1. eyes
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue, lines 9–10:
      And smale foweles maken melodye, / That slepen al the nyght with open ye.


Novial[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Esperanto je.

Preposition[edit]

ye

  1. wild card preposition

Scots[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ye

  1. you

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ye f (plural yes)

  1. Name of the letter y.

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

ye

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter Y/y.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Persian یه (ye).

Noun[edit]

ye

  1. Last letter of the Arabic alphabet: ي
    • Previous: و

Verb[edit]

ye

  1. Second-person imperative of yemek.
Antonyms[edit]

Uzbek[edit]

Verb[edit]

ye

  1. imperative of yemoq

Volapük[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

ye

  1. however

Zulu[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

-ye

  1. Combining stem of yena.

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