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yea

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adverb \ˈyā\

Definition of yea

  1. 1 :  yes —used in oral voting

  2. 2 :  more than this :  not only so but —used to introduce a more explicit or emphatic phrase yet the impression, yea the evidence, is inescapable — J. G. Harrison

Examples of yea in a sentence

  1. we will go to the new land, and, yea, we will pursue our dreams!

  2. I vote yea on the proposed increase in the school budget.

Origin and Etymology of yea

Middle English ye, ya, from Old English gēa; akin to Old High German yes


First Known Use: before 12th century


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yea

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Definition of yea

  1. 1 :  affirmation, assent

  2. 2a :  an affirmative voteb :  a person casting a yea vote

Examples of yea in a sentence

  1. the measure passed with 50 yeas and 17 nays

13th Century

First Known Use of yea

13th century


YEA Defined for English Language Learners


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yea

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Definition of yea for English Language Learners

  • : a yes vote


YEA Defined for Kids

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yea

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adverb \ˈyā\

Definition of yea for Students

  1. :  1yes 1 Hint: The word yea is used when a person is voting aloud for something.


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yea

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noun

Definition of yea for Students

  1. 1 :  a vote in favor of something We counted 13 yeas and 15 nays.

  2. 2 :  a person casting a yea vote

Headscratcher for yea

Yea means the same thing as aye—and it is spelled using the same letters.



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