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aye1

[ahy] /aɪ/
adverb
1.
yes.
noun
2.
an affirmative vote or voter, especially in British Parliament, corresponding to yea in U.S. Congress.
Also, ay.
Origin of aye1
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; earlier spelling I, of uncertain origin
Can be confused
aye, eye, I.

aye2

[ey] /eɪ/
adverb
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.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "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

aye1

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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. (Brit) an expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc
noun
3.
  1. a person who votes in the affirmative
  2. an affirmative vote
Compare nay
Word Origin
C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent

aye2

/əɪ/
adverb
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
interj.

"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."

adv.

"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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