Borrowing from Anglo-Norman and Middle French oyez, oiez, imperative plural of oir (“to hear”), from Old French oïr (“to hear”), itself from Latin audiō, audīre (“to hear”) (oyez in particular corresponding to the second-person plural imperative form, audite).
- Hear ye. Attend. (Called by public criers or in court usually three times to secure silence and/or attentiveness).
- It is still used in the United States Supreme Court, and in many state supreme courts, though some lower courts have dropped its use.
oyez (plural oyezes)
- A cry of "oyez".
- Webster's International Dictionary: 1902.
- Concise Oxford: 1981.