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y

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noun, often capitalized, often attributive \ˈwī\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of y

plural

y's

or

ys

play \ˈwīz\
  1. 1a :  the 25th letter of the English alphabetb :  a graphic representation of this letterc :  a speech counterpart of orthographic y

  2. 2 :  a graphic device for reproducing the letter y

  3. 3 :  one designated y especially as the 25th in order or class or the second in order or class when x is made the first

  4. 4 :  something shaped like the letter Y

Examples of y in a Sentence

  1. a word that starts with a y

  2. a word that starts with y

First Known Use of y

before 12th century

Other Alphabet Terms


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y

abbreviation

Definition of y

  1. 1 yard

  2. 2 year


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Y

play
noun \ˈwī\

Definition of Y

  1. 1 :  ymca

  2. 2 :  ywca

First Known Use of y

circa 1915


2

Y

symbol

Definition of Y

  1. yttrium


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-y

adjective suffix \ē; in some dialects, especially British, Southern US, and New England, often i but not shown at individual entries\
variants: or less commonly

-ey

\ē; in some dialects, especially British, Southern US, and New England, often i but not shown at individual entries\

Definition of -y

  1. 1a :  characterized by :  full of blossomy dirty muddy clayeyb :  having the character of :  composed of icy waxyc :  like :  like that of homey wintry —often with a disparaging connotation stagy

  2. 2a :  tending or inclined to sleepy chattyb :  giving occasion for (specified) action tearyc :  performing (specified) action curly

Origin and Etymology of -y

Middle English, from Old English -ig; akin to Old High German -īg -y, Latin -icus, Greek -ikos, Sanskrit -ika


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-y

noun suffix \same\

Definition of -y

plural

-ies

  1. 1 :  state :  condition :  quality beggary

  2. 2 :  activity, place of business, or goods dealt with chandlery laundry

  3. 3 :  whole body or group soldiery

Origin and Etymology of -y

Middle English -ie, from Anglo-French, from Latin -ia, from Greek -ia, -eia


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-y

noun suffix

Definition of -y

plural

-ies

  1. :  instance of a (specified) action entreaty inquiry

Origin and Etymology of -y

Middle English -ie, from Anglo-French, from Latin -ium


4

-y

Definition of -y

  1. — see -ie


Financial Definition of Y

y

What It Is

Y is a ticker-symbol extension that signifies that a stock is an American Depository Receipt.

How It Works

Issued by U.S. banks, American Depository Receipts (ADRs) are certificates that represent shares of a foreign stock owned by the issuing bank. The foreign shares are usually held in custody overseas, but the certificates trade in the U.S. Through this system, a large number of foreign-based companies are actively traded on one of the three major U.S. equity markets (the NYSE, AMEX, or Nasdaq).

On the Nasdaq market, for example, the letter Y after the ticker (if its ticker were XYZC, an XYZ Company ADR would look like this: XYZC-Y) to denote that the security is an ADR.

Why It Matters

ADRs give U.S. investors the ability to easily purchase shares in foreign firms, and they are typically much more convenient and cost effective for domestic investors (versus purchasing stocks in overseas markets). And because many foreign firms are involved in industries and geographical markets where U.S. multinationals don't have a presence, investors often use ADRs to help diversify their portfolio on a much more global scale.

Accordingly, it is very important to understand what ticker extensions mean.



Y Defined for English Language Learners

noun

Definition of y for English Language Learners

  • : the 25th letter of the English alphabet

  • mathematics —used to represent especially a second unknown quantity

  • —used in the phrase x, y, and z to refer to the second thing in a group of three unnamed things

-y

adjective suffix

Definition of -y for English Language Learners

  • : full or having a lot of something

  • : having the qualities of something : made of or seeming to be made of something

  • : resembling something


Y Defined for Kids

noun , often cap \ˈwī\

Definition of y for Students

plural

y's

or

ys

\ˈwīz\
  1. :  the 25th letter of the English alphabet


1

-y

adjective suffix \ē\
variants: also

-ey

\ē\

Definition of -y for Students

-ier

;

-iest

  1. 1 :  showing, full of, or made of dirty muddy icy

  2. 2 :  like wintry

  3. 3 :  devoted to :  enthusiastic about

  4. 4 :  tending to sleepy

  5. 5 :  somewhat :  rather chilly


2

-y

noun suffix \ē\

Definition of -y for Students

plural

-ies

  1. 1 :  state :  condition :  quality jealousy

  2. 2 :  activity, place of business, or goods dealt with laundry

  3. 3 :  whole body or group


3

-y

noun suffix

Definition of -y for Students

plural

-ies

  1. :  occasion or example of a specified action entreaty inquiry


4

-y

Definition of -y for Students

  1. see -ie


Medical Dictionary

Y

symbol

Medical Definition of Y

  1. yttrium


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