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).
noun, plural oyesses.
  1. a cry of “oyez.”

Origin of oyez

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, plural imperative of oyer; see oyer
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  1. a cry, usually uttered three times, by a public crier or court official for silence and attention before making a proclamation
  1. such a cry

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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