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, *yū́ (ye), plural of *túh₂. Cognate with Scots ye (ye), Saterland Frisian jie, Dutch gij, jij, je (ye), Low German ji, jie (ye), German ihr (ye), Danish and Swedish I (ye), Icelandic ér (ye). See also you.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ye (personal pronoun)

  1. (archaic outside Northern England, Cornwall, Ireland, Newfoundland) You (the people being addressed).
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], part II (books IV–VI), London: Printed [by Richard Field] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 932900760, book VI, canto XII, stanza 17, page 512:
      My liefe (ſayd ſhe) ye know, that long ygo, / Whileſt ye in durance dwelt, ye to me gaue / A little mayde, the which ye chylded tho ; / The ſame againe if now ye liſt to haue, / The ſame is yonder Lady, whom high God did ſaue.
    • 1671, Elisha Coles, chapter 6, in ΧΡΙΣΤΟΛΟΓΙΑ: Or, a Metrical Paraphraſe on the Hiſtory of Our Lord and Saviour Jeſus Chriſt : Dedicated to His Univerſal Church[1]:
      Queſtion me then no more; whate'er ye want, / Ask in my Name, and God ſhall ſurely grant. / You've asked nothing yet for Jesus sake : / Ask and receive, and of my joyes partake.
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. In modern Hiberno-English usage, ye is used as a subject or an object in the plural, to contrast with you (singular).

Synonyms[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
References[edit]
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [2]

Verb[edit]

ye (present participle yeyn)

  1. (obsolete) Address a single person by the use of the pronoun ye instead of thou.
    • 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 was sometimes used for þ (thorn), a letter which corresponds to modern th, because þ did not exist in the first press typographies, so was replaced using either "th", which replaced it, or "y", which resembled it in Late Medieval and Early Modern Blackletter. 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 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]

Etymology 3[edit]

Shortened from yes.

Interjection[edit]

ye

  1. (slang) Yes.

Etymology 4[edit]

From Russian е (je).

Pronoun[edit]

ye (plural yes)

  1. The Cyrillic Russian letter Е, е.
Translations[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

ye

  1. third-person singular present indicative of ser

Azerbaijani[edit]

Verb[edit]

ye

  1. second-person singular imperative positive degree of yemək

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 (the Catawba, literally people of the river), yę manterą (the Cherokee, literally people born in/on the land).
  • 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]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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]

Etymology[edit]

From Esperanto je.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ye

  1. to, at, by (preposition used when no other fits the meaning)
    Lu kaptis la kavalo per lazo ye la kolo.
    He/she captured the horse by a lasso to the neck.
    Ye la angulo di la strado.
    At the corner of the street.
    Ilu prenis elu ye la tayo.
    He took her by the waist.

Noun[edit]

ye (plural ye-i)

  1. The name of the Latin script letter Y/y.

See also[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ye

  1. Rōmaji transcription of いぇ
  2. Rōmaji transcription of イェ

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]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English ġē, from Proto-Germanic *jūz, from Proto-Indo-European *yū́ (with the nominative ending added).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ye (accusative yow, genitive youres, youren, possessive determiner youre)

  1. Second-person plural pronoun: ye, you (plural).
  2. (formal) second-person singular pronoun: you (singular).
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “Book II”, in Troilus and Criseyde, line 22-28:
      Ȝe knowe ek that in fourme of ſpeche is chaunge / With-inne a thousand ȝeer, and wordes tho /That hadden pris now wonder nyce and ſtraunge /Us thenketh hem, and ȝet thei ſpake hem so / And ſpedde as wel in loue as men now do / Ek forto wynnen loue in ſondry ages / In ſondry londes, ſondry ben vſages []
      You also know that the form of language is in flux; / within a thousand years, words / that had currency; really weird and bizarre / they seem to us now, but they still spoke them / and accomplished as much in love as men do now. / As for winning love across ages and / across nations, there are lots of usages []
Usage notes[edit]

The formal singular usage, following the T-V distinction, was used to address one's superiors, elders or others to whom one might wish to show politeness or respect.

Descendants[edit]
  • Scots: ȝe, ye
  • English: ye, yee
See also[edit]
  • ȝit (second-person dual pronoun)

References[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English ēage.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(plural yën)

  1. Alternative form of eie
    • (Can we date this quote by Geoffrey Chaucer and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue, lines 9–10:
      And smale foweles maken melodye, / That slepen al the nyght with open .

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English þē (you, thee), accusative and dative form of þū.

Pronoun[edit]

ye

  1. (chiefly Northern dialectal) Alternative form of þe

References[edit]


Norn[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse eigi.

Adverb[edit]

ye

  1. (Orkney) not

Novial[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Esperanto je.

Preposition[edit]

ye

  1. wild card preposition

Pali[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ye

  1. masculine nominative/accusative plural of ya (who (relative))

Scots[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /jiː/, /jɪ/

Pronoun[edit]

ye (second person, singular or plural; possessive determiner yer, possessive pronoun yers, singular reflexive yersel, plural reflexive yersel)

  1. you

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ye f (plural yes)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter Y.
    Synonym: i griega

Usage notes[edit]

"Ye" was recommended by the Real Academia Española as a simpler name for the more common "i griega" (literally "Greek i"). Adoption of it has been slow.

Further reading[edit]


Turkish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

ye

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter Y.
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Persian یه(ye).

Noun[edit]

ye

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

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

ye

  1. second-person singular 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.