\ ˈyē How to pronounce ye (audio) \

Definition of ye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: you sense 1 used originally only as a plural pronoun of the second person in the subjective case and now used especially in ecclesiastical or literary language and in various English dialects
\ (ˌ)yē How to pronounce ye (audio) , ; originally same as 1the \

Definition of ye (Entry 2 of 2)

: the Ye Olde Gifte Shoppe

First Known Use of ye


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Definite article

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ye


Middle English, from Old English ; akin to Old High German ir you — more at you

Definite article

alteration of Middle English þe the, from Old English þē; from the use of the letter y by printers and scribes of late Middle English to represent þ (th) of earlier manuscripts

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“Ye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ye. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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\ ˈyē How to pronounce ye (audio) \

Kids Definition of ye

: you sense 1
Hint: Ye is a very old word that still appears in books and sayings from long ago. People use it today to imitate that old way of speaking.

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