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yea

adverb \ ˈyā \

Definition of yea

1 :yes used in oral voting
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


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yea

noun

Definition of yea

2 a :an affirmative vote
b :a person casting a yea vote

Examples of yea in a Sentence

  1. the measure passed with 50 yeas and 17 nays

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First Known Use of yea

13th century


YEA Defined for English Language Learners

yea

noun

Definition of yea for English Language Learners

  • : a yes vote


YEA Defined for Kids

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yea

adverb \ ˈyā \

Definition of yea for Students

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

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yea

noun

Definition of yea for Students

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