- 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).
- a cry of “oyez.”
Origin of oyez
Examples from the Web for oyes
Historical Examples of oyes
Then was there a solemne Oyes made, and silence commanded, and then presently beganne their seuere and cruell iudgement.
Oyes ce Docteur muet estudie en ce livre Qui nuict et jour ouvert t'apprendra de bien vivre.The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 1 of 3)
It was at this point the heralds cried their "Oyes," and our conversation was at an end for the time.When Knighthood Was in Flower
- 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
Word Origin and History for oyes
early 15c., from Anglo-French oyez "hear ye!" (late 13c., Old French oiez), a cry uttered (usually thrice) to call attention, from Latin subjunctive audiatis, plural imperative of audire "to hear" (Anglo-French oier; see audience).