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Definition of yay

used to express joy, approval, or excitement

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Victoria Beckham is teaming up with Estée Lauder on a second collection (yay!), and the popular Eye Foils are making a return with two brand-new shades: Blonde Gold (above) and Burnt Anise (a charcoal). Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Most Exciting Beauty Launches for Fall 2017," 18 Aug. 2017 Easy genetic modification could mean cures for cancer (yay!), kitty-sized pigs (squee!), and, yes, designer babies (ack). Anna Vlasits, WIRED, "Crispr Creator Jennifer Doudna on the Promises—and Pitfalls—of Easy Genetic Modification," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of yay

1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of yay

used to express joy, approval, or excitement

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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