Origin of aye1
Examples from the Web for ayes
Just after midnight, the vote won with 219 ayes, including an unexpected 49 Republicans and 170 Democrats.House Passes Bill to End Medical Marijuana Raids by the DEA|Abby Haglage|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the 12 anti-protest laws were voted on in Parliament, the Speaker even did not count the ayes.Ukraine’s Prime Minister Tenders Bloody Resignation|Oleg Shynkarenko|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the end, 217 Labour and 44 Liberal Democrats joined 126 Conservatives members of Parliament in the “ayes.”
The ayes seem to have it, the ayes have it, and the motion is carried.
So lusty a chorus of “Ayes” answered that Aunt Betty playfully covered her ears, till the clamor had subsided.Dorothy on a House Boat|Evelyn Raymond
The ayes seem to have it, the ayes have it, and the paragraph on slavery is struck out.
He inwardly debated whether he should remain to the feast or not, and the ayes had it.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13|Elbert Hubbard
The question was called for, and Mr. Lawrence required the ayes and noes.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
British Dictionary definitions for ayes (1 of 2)
- an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
- British an 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