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/ yeɪ /
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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.
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Origin of yea
before 900; Middle English ye, ya,Old English gēa; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic ja
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How to use yea in a sentence
First discovered more than 150 yeas ago in the Lake Regions of Africa, it has spread relentlessly around the world.Will Coffee Rust Hurt Starbucks?|Nina Strochlic|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe with a large enough undecided that the yeas are a plurality rather than a majority, but still.Michael Tomasky on Obama’s Swing-Voter Victory|Michael Tomasky|June 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The yeas and nays were taken on this proviso, and the honorable member voted in the negative!Select Speeches of Daniel Webster|Daniel Webster
In February 1780 he withdrew from Congress because of its refusal to respond to his call for the yeas and nays.
It yeas cold and chilly, and they forlornly set out in search of some sort of a conveyance.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
The motion was put, and on the yeas and nays the vote was reconsidered.A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention|Lucius Eugene Chittenden
I sincerely hope that we may have a vote of the Senate upon the amendment I now offer; and I call for the yeas and nays upon it.A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention|Lucius Eugene Chittenden
British Dictionary definitions for yea
/ (jeɪ) /
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
Old English gēa; related to Old Frisian jē, Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old High German jā, Gothic jai
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