- yes (used in affirmation or assent).
- indeed: Yea, and he did come.
- not only this but even: a good, yea, a noble man.
- an affirmation; an affirmative reply or vote.
- a person who votes in the affirmative.
Origin of yea1
- to the extent, amount, etc., indicated: The doll is about yay high.
Origin of yay2
Examples from the Web for yea
Contemporary Examples of yea
Yea, OK, so Pompeii has movies with Jon Snow, songs, and millions of visitors—but is it under water?!The World’s Craziest Underwater Adventures
May 14, 2014
Hume, clearly stumbling, finally said, “Yea, I agree with you.”White Folks Can Talk About Race
Roland S. Martin
April 16, 2014
“Yea, sure, why not I guess,” said the man, who asked that his name not be used.The Weirdest Pro-Hillary Party Yet
March 22, 2014
Of the outlets she listed, NPR is the only one that can reasonably be considered mainstream, so yea for that one story.Yes, There Is a Gosnell Trial Cover-up by Major News Organizations
April 16, 2013
When a town-hall questioner named Barry spoke, someone yelled “YEA BARRY!”Anxious Moments and Dry Humor for Obama Faithful Watching Debate in Park Slope
October 17, 2012
Historical Examples of yea
Yea, like a woman, who deems a man safest when he is a tailor, or a perfumer.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Let me see—I trust I have forgot it not—yea, thus it was: 'The lion growls.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
No God--yea, all the way the "fools" were saying in their hearts, no God.
Yea, whether the Bible be true, is no question with them no more than with him.
Yea, it was this law, and this law only, which made it wrong.
- a less common word for aye 1 (def. 1)
- (sentence modifier) archaic, or literary indeed; trulyyea, though my enemies spurn me, I shall prevail
Word Origin for yea
- informal an exclamation indicating approval, congratulation, or triumph
Word Origin for yay
Old English gea (West Saxon), ge (Anglian) "so, yes," from Proto-Germanic *ja-, *jai-, a word of affirmation (cf. German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish ja), from PIE *yam-, from pronomial stem *i- (see yon).
"this," as in yay big "this big," 1950s, perhaps from yea "yes" in its sense of "even, truly, verily." "a sort of demonstrative adverb used with adjectives of size, height, extent, etc., and often accompanied by a hand gesture indicating size" [DAS].