- 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 oyez
On October 22, a proclamation is made in the Exchequer as follows: 'Oyez!Nooks and Corners of Shropshire
H. Thornhill Timmins
Or oyez maintenant vne belle faon de verifier ses propheties.
All it does is give evidence that your friend and partner will be on the job when the bailiff yells oyez, oyez, oyez.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
- 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 and History for oyez
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).