see also: Y
  • (letter name) IPA: /ˈwaɪ/
  • (phoneme) IPA: /i/, /ɪ/, /aɪ/, /ə/, /j/
  1. Letter of the English alphabet
  1. Abbreviation of year#English|year.
    • 2003, Howard Tanner, Sonia Jones, Becoming a Successful Teacher of Mathematics
      Consider the following questions selected from the tests and estimate the proportion of Y8 pupils you would expect to answer correctly.
  2. (UK, television) Abbreviation of youth#English|youth., usually followed by an age appropriate for the content so marked.
  3. (computing) Abbreviation of yes#English|yes.

y (not comparable)

  1. (slang, text messaging, Internet slang) Abbreviation of why#English|why.

Pronunciation Letter
  1. Letter of the English alphabet
  2. Used for the Greek letter Υ ("upsilon").

y (plural ys)

  1. A figure or mark in the shape of the letter Y.
  2. A Y-shaped object, such as a railroad fork or a support for a telescope; a wye, a bifurcation.
  3. (lepidopterology) A moth of the genus Plusia, having markings resembling the letter Y.
  1. Abbreviation of yes#English|yes.

y (plural ys)

  1. Abbreviation of year#English|year. (In some contexts as YY or YYYY to indicate only the last 2-digits or all 4-digits.)
Proper noun
  1. Short for the YMCA#English|YMCA {{n-g.
    • a. 1969, John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces:
      Of course, the audience up here at the Bronx “Y” will probably be a little parochial, but if I make good in the lecture, I might one day end up speaking down at the Lex. Ave. “Y” where great thinkers like Norman Mailer and Seymour Krim are always airing their views.

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