aye

1
[ ahy ]
/ aɪ /

adverb

noun

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

Origin of aye

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

Can be confused

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

aye

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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
Compare nay

Word Origin for aye

C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent

British Dictionary definitions for ayes (2 of 2)

aye

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/ (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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