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  1. yes.
  1. an affirmative vote or voter, especially in British Parliament, corresponding to yea in U.S. Congress.
Also ay.

Origin of aye1

First recorded in 1570–80; earlier spelling I, of uncertain origin
Can be confusedaye eye I


  1. ay1.
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Examples from the Web for aye

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  • Aye, but before I do so, let me read again the last of my Ballads.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Aye, lad, and the plain things are always the hardest things to do.

  • "Aye, lads, it was that," said a deep voice from behind Alleyne's shoulder.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "Aye, it is the steel head-piece of the watchman," remarked the archer.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Aye, but it's that wee bit that makes all the difference, Mr. Cairnduff!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for aye



sentence substitute
  1. yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
  2. aye aye
    1. an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
    2. Britishan expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc
    1. a person who votes in the affirmative
    2. an affirmative vote
Compare nay

Word Origin

C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent


  1. Scot always; still

Word Origin

Old Norse ei ever; Old English ā; compare Latin aevum an age, Greek aion aeon, aiei ever, always
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Word Origin and History for aye


"assent," 1570s, of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of I, meaning "I assent;" or an alteration of Middle English yai "yes" (see yea), or from aye (adv.) "always, ever."


"always, ever," c.1200, from Old Norse ei "ever" (cognate with Old English a "always, ever"), from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (cf. Greek aion "age, eternity," Latin aevum "space of time;" see eon).

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