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[key] /keɪ/
a private Korean-American banking club to which members pay contributions and from which they may take out loans, usually to start small businesses.
Origin of kye
Borrowed into English from Korean around 1985-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We may fancy the delight of the villagers when 'the kye cam' hame.'

  • Randal and Jean thought it was very likely there were "kye," or cattle, in the water.

    The Gold Of Fairnilee Andrew Lang
  • She encourages the latter, telling her not to be pitened and kye.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • One shilling and sixpence is a kye, now and then an eighteener.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • The kye were in the sea-pastures near, and even the dogs slept.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • Suddenly one heifer, then another, then all the kye, began a strange lowing.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • From the pastures the kye ran lowing and bellowing, in a wild stampede.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • The kye were milked on the edge of the wood to give the horses stalling-room in their places.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • "This is worth a' the kye frae Achnasheen to Glen Urquhart," he cried.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • The monks were at the hoe or the spade, and some milking the kye, and some at the fishing.

British Dictionary definitions for kye


(functioning as pl) a Scottish and Northern English variant of kine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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