- 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
Examples from the Web for yeas
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?
June 8, 2014
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
June 30, 2012
The bill for Municipal Suffrage was then defeated by 14 yeas, 24 nays.
After much discussion the bill was defeated by 137 yeas, 97 nays.
The Senate refused to concur in the action of the House by 11 yeas, 15 nays.
The bill was lost by a vote, including pairs, of 12 yeas, 25 nays.
The former reached a vote and was defeated by 24 yeas, 27 nays.
- 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 and History for yeas
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).