oyez

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

oyez

  1. Hear ye. Attend. (Called by public criers or in court usually three times to secure silence).

Usage notes[edit]

  • It is still used in the United States Supreme Court, and in many state supreme courts, though some lower courts have dropped its use.

References[edit]

  • Webster's International Dictionary: 1902.
  • Concise Oxford: 1981.

Noun[edit]

oyez ‎(plural oyezes)

  1. A cry of "oyez".

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

oyez

  1. second-person plural imperative of ouïr

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

oyez

  1. second-person plural present indicative of oir
  2. second-person plural imperative of oir