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or o·yes

[oh-yes, oh-yez]
  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).
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noun, plural oyesses.
  1. a cry of “oyez.”
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Origin of oyez

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, plural imperative of oyer; see oyer
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Historical Examples of 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

British Dictionary definitions for oyez



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

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

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