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

aye1

ay

/ () /

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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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C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent

British Dictionary definitions for aye (2 of 2)

aye2
/ (əɪ) /

adverb

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