• (British, America) enPR: yē, IPA: /jiː/
  1. (archaic, outside, Northern England, Cornwall, Ireland, Newfoundland) You (the people being addressed).
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], part II (books IV–VI), London: Printed [by Richard Field] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 932900760 ↗, book VI, canto XII, stanza 17, page 512 ↗:
      My liefe (ſayd ſhe) ye know, that long ygo, / Whileſt ye in durance dwelt, ye to me gaue / A little mayde, the which ye chylded tho ; / The ſame againe if now ye liſt to haue, / The ſame is yonder Lady, whom high God did ſaue.
  • (second-person plural) seeSynonyms en
  1. (obsolete) address a single person by the use of the pronoun ye instead of thou.
    • 1511, Promptorium Parvulorum (de Worde), sig. M.iiiᵛ/2
      Yeyn or sey ye with worshyp, viso.
  • (address by the pronoun ye) yeet (obsolete)
  • (address by the pronoun ye) thowt (obsolete)
  • Traditionally pronounced the same as the, but now often mispronounced with the ordinary sound of ⟨y⟩: IPA: /jiː/
  1. (archaic, definite) the
    • 1647, The old deluder, Satan, Act. (cited in American Public School Law, K. Alexander, M. Alexander, 1995)
      It being one cheife proiect of ye ould deluder, Satan, to keepe men from the knowledge of Scriptures, as in formr times by keeping ym in an unknowne tongue, so in these lattr times by perswading from ye use of tongues, yt so at least ye true sence & meaning of ye originall might be clouded by false glosses of saint seeming deceivers, yt learning may not be buried in ye church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting or endeavors,—
    Ye Olde Medicine Shoppe
  1. (slang) yes.

ye (plural yes)

  1. The Cyrillic Russian letter Е, е.
  • Russian: е

Proper noun
  1. Anglicized version of the 42nd most common Chinese surname.

Proper noun
  1. Initialism of Young Earth}, a form of creationism which proposes that the Earth is no more than a few thousand years old.

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