- an affirmative vote or voter, especially in British Parliament, corresponding to yea in U.S. Congress.
Origin of aye1
Examples from the Web for ayes
Just after midnight, the vote won with 219 ayes, including an unexpected 49 Republicans and 170 Democrats.House Passes Bill to End Medical Marijuana Raids by the DEA
May 30, 2014
When the 12 anti-protest laws were voted on in Parliament, the Speaker even did not count the ayes.Ukraine’s Prime Minister Tenders Bloody Resignation
January 29, 2014
In the end, 217 Labour and 44 Liberal Democrats joined 126 Conservatives members of Parliament in the “ayes.”British Conservatives: Out and Proud
February 6, 2013
The bill passed the House, February 11, by 29 ayes, 19 noes.
Mr. Bronston supported it in the Senate, where it received 26 ayes, one no.
In the Assembly it received 36 ayes, 22 noes, not the required majority.
It was then tabled and taken up again May 13, receiving 14 ayes, 15 noes.
It passed the House by 98 ayes, 29 noes, but was killed in the Senate.
- yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
- aye aye
- an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
- Britishan expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc
- a person who votes in the affirmative
- an affirmative vote
- Scot always; still
Word Origin and History for ayes
"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).