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y

noun, often capitalized, often attributive \ ˈwī \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of y

plural y's or ys play \ˈwīz\
1 a :the 25th letter of the English alphabet
b :a graphic representation of this letter
c :a speech counterpart of orthographic y
2 :a graphic device for reproducing the letter y
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 :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 yard
2 year

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Y

noun \ ˈwī \

Definition of Y

1 :ymca
2 :ywca

First Known Use of y

circa 1915


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Y

symbol

Definition of Y

yttrium

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-y

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

Definition of -y

1 a :characterized by :full of
  • blossomy
  • dirty
  • muddy
  • clayey
b :having the character of :composed of
  • icy
  • waxy
c :like :like that of
  • homey
  • wintry
often with a disparaging connotation
  • stagy
2 a :tending or inclined to
  • sleepy
  • chatty
b :giving occasion for (specified) action
  • teary
c :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 :state :condition :quality
  • beggary
2 :activity, place of business, or goods dealt with
  • chandlery
  • laundry
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
:instance of a (specified) action
  • entreaty
  • inquiry

Origin and Etymology of -y

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


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-y

noun suffix

Definition of -y

— 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

y

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

y

noun, often capitalized \ ˈwī \

Definition of y for Students

plural y's or ys \ˈwīz\
:the 25th letter of the English alphabet

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-y

adjective suffix
variants: also -ey \ē\

Definition of -y for Students

-ier; -iest
1 :showing, full of, or made of
  • dirty
  • muddy
  • icy
2 :like
  • wintry
3 :devoted to :enthusiastic about
4 :tending to
  • sleepy
5 :somewhat :rather
  • chilly

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-y

noun suffix \ ē \

Definition of -y for Students

plural -ies
1 :state :condition :quality
  • jealousy
2 :activity, place of business, or goods dealt with
  • laundry
3 :whole body or group

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-y

noun suffix

Definition of -y for Students

plural -ies
:occasion or example of a specified action
  • entreaty
  • inquiry

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-y

Definition of -y for Students

see -ie

Medical Dictionary

Y

symbol

medical Definition of Y

yttrium

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