- an affirmative vote or voter, especially in British Parliament, corresponding to yea in U.S. Congress.
Origin of aye1
Examples from the Web for aye
“Aye,” his father said—the last thing he would ever say to him.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
“Aye ready;” and arm-in-arm we raced into the dining-room, scandalizing the servants.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
But, as Ritchie recalled, he lifted an arm and pointed to one of his eyes, thus letting all know that he was voting “aye.”Why Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Leave of Absence Was Allowed
November 23, 2012
Oh, aye,” Savile responded: “How do they know whether I am or not?Jimmy Savile Sex-Abuse Scandal Taints Entire Era in Britain
October 31, 2012
That Tut accomplished all this before his 12th birthday suggests Aye was the power behind the throne.The Cult of Tut
April 22, 2010
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
"Aye, lads, it was that," said a deep voice from behind Alleyne's shoulder.
"Aye, it is the steel head-piece of the watchman," remarked the archer.
Aye, but it's that wee bit that makes all the difference, Mr. Cairnduff!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- 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 aye
"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).