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oyez

or o·yes

[ oh-yes, oh-yez ]

interjection

  1. 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.
  1. a cry of “oyez.”

oyez

/ -ˈjɛz; əʊˈjɛs /

interjection

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


noun

  1. such a cry
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Word History and Origins

Origin of oyez1

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, plural imperative of oyer; oyer
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Word History and Origins

Origin of oyez1

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

I would not have an author make it his business to render me attentive: or that he should cry out fifty times Oyez!

All it does is give evidence that your friend and partner will be on the job when the bailiff yells oyez, oyez, oyez.

I was very much surprised to hear a court of justice in Pennsylvania opened with the old French word oyez!

On October 22, a proclamation is made in the Exchequer as follows: 'Oyez!

This is a corruption of the old Norman-French word oyez, “hear ye.”

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