aye

1
[ahy]

adverb

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ayatollah,
  2. ayckbourn,
  3. aycliffe,
  4. aydelotte,
  5. aydin,
  6. aye-aye,
  7. ayer,
  8. ayer, sir alfred jules,
  9. ayers rock,
  10. ayerza's disease

Also ay.

Origin of aye

1
First recorded in 1570–80; earlier spelling I, of uncertain origin

Can be confusedaye eye I

aye

2
[ey]

adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for aye

aye

1

ay

sentence substitute

yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
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

noun

  1. a person who votes in the affirmative
  2. an affirmative vote
Compare nay

Word Origin for aye

C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent

adverb

Scot always; still

Word Origin for aye

Old Norse ei ever; Old English ā; compare Latin aevum an age, Greek aion aeon, aiei ever, always

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