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yea

1
[ yey ]
/ yeɪ /
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adverb

yes (used in affirmation or assent).
indeed: Yea, and he did come.
not only this but even: a good, yea, a noble man.

noun

an affirmation; an affirmative reply or vote.
a person who votes in the affirmative.

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RELATED WORDS

vote, yes, okay, yeah, aye, indeed, truly

Nearby words

yd., yds., ye, ye jianying, ye'se, yea, yeadon, yeager, yeager, chuck, yeah, yealing

Origin of yea

1
before 900; Middle English ye, ya, Old English gēa; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic ja

Definition for yea (2 of 3)

yea

2
[ yey ]
/ yeɪ /

adverb

Definition for yea (3 of 3)

yay

2

or yea

[ yey ]
/ yeɪ /

adverb Informal.

to the extent, amount, etc., indicated: The doll is about yay high.

Origin of yay

2
probably < yea1
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British Dictionary definitions for yea (1 of 2)

yea

/ (jeɪ) /

sentence substitute

a less common word for aye 1 (def. 1)

adverb

(sentence modifier) archaic, or literary indeed; trulyyea, though my enemies spurn me, I shall prevail

Word Origin for yea

Old English gēa; related to Old Frisian jē, Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old High German jā, Gothic jai

British Dictionary definitions for yea (2 of 2)

yay

/ (jeɪ) /

interjection

informal an exclamation indicating approval, congratulation, or triumph

Word Origin for yay

C20: perhaps from yeah
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