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aye

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adverb
yes.
noun
an affirmative vote or voter, especially in British Parliament, corresponding to yea in U.S. Congress.
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Origin of aye

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aye

aye , eye, I
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British Dictionary definitions for aye (1 of 2)

aye1

ay

/ () /

sentence substitute
yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
aye aye
  1. an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
  2. British an 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
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Word Origin for aye

C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent

British Dictionary definitions for aye (2 of 2)

aye2
/ (əɪ) /

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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