Also come-all-you [kuhm-awl-yoo] /ˈkʌmˌɔlˌyu/.

Origin of come-all-ye

First recorded in 1885–90; after the invitation that often forms the opening line of such ballads Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for come-all-you


  1. a street ballad or folk song

Word Origin for come-all-ye

C19: from the common opening words come all ye (young maidens, loyal heroes, etc)…
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