or o·yes

[ oh-yes, oh-yez ]
/ ˈoʊ yɛs, ˈoʊ yɛz /


hear! attend! (a cry uttered usually twice by a court officer to command silence and attention, as before court is in session, and formerly by public criers).

noun, plural oyesses.

a cry of “oyez.”

Origin of oyez

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, plural imperative of oyer; see oyer
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/ (əʊˈjɛs, -ˈjɛz) /


a cry, usually uttered three times, by a public crier or court official for silence and attention before making a proclamation


such a cry

Word Origin for oyez

C15: via Anglo-Norman from Old French oiez! hear!
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