noun, plural yokes for 1, 3–20, yoke for 2.
- the time during which a plowman and team work without stopping; a period of plowing.
- a measure or area of land equal to over 50 but less than 60 acres.
verb (used with object), yoked, yok·ing.
verb (used without object), yoked, yok·ing.
Origin of yoke1
Synonyms for yoke
Related Words for yokecoupling, chain, nexus, servility, oppression, ligature, burden, slavery, service, link, knot, tie, servitude, serfdom, enslavement, peonage, ligament, buckle, secure, unite
Examples from the Web for yoke
Contemporary Examples of yoke
Did a group of righteous warriors throw off the yoke of imperial oppression?Don't Let the Maccabees Win
December 4, 2013
When the state acts wrongly, the yoke of that sin falls upon all who do not protest.Israeli High Court Judges Let the Oppressed Go Free at Yom Kippur
September 18, 2013
And, indeed, the Framers were armed revolutionaries who understood that guns were useful for throwing off the yoke of tyranny.Justice Scalia Goes Gun Crazy
August 22, 2013
The U.S. is actually holding up its end of the bargain quite well, and assuming the yoke of economic leadership.Hey America, Where Are You? U.S. Has Slim Presence at Davos
January 23, 2013
Obama, finally freed from the yoke of reelection, could live out the true meaning of his promise.What Progressives Want From Obama’s Second Term
November 26, 2012
Historical Examples of yoke
He riveted on the gods his enemies the yoke which had been resting on them.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
They may win, and if they do, it will be our necks that will be put into the yoke--or the halter.In the Valley
The yoke of the Genoese continued longest, and was the heaviest.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
The smoking cattle held their noses low, and swayed beneath the yoke.Tiverton Tales
Once it was so huge that three hundred yoke of oxen could hardly move it.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
noun plural yokes or yoke
Word Origin for yoke
Old English geoc "yoke," earlier geoht "pair of draft animals," from Proto-Germanic *yukam (cf. Old Saxon juk, Old Norse ok, Danish aag, Middle Dutch joc, Dutch juk, Old High German joh, German joch, Gothic juk "yoke"), from PIE *jugom "joining" (see jugular). Figurative sense of "heavy burden, oppression, servitude" was in Old English.
Old English geocian, from yoke (n.). Related: Yoked; yoking.