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Etymology

From Anglo-Norman and Middle French oyez, oiez, imperative plural of oir (to hear), from Old French ouïr (to hear), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] audire (to hear).

Pronunciation

  • (UK)
    • IPA: /ˈəʊˌjeɪ/
    • SAMPA: /"@U.jeI/
    • Hyphenation: OH-Yay
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Interjection

oyez

  1. Hear ye. Attend. (Called by public criers or in court usually three times to secure silence).

Usage notes

  • Practise note: It is still used in the United States Supreme Court, and in many state supreme courts, although lower courts seem to have dropped its use.

References

  • Webster's International Dictionary: 1902.
  • Concise Oxford: 1981.

French

Pronunciation

Verb

oyez

  1. Second-person plural imperative of ouïr.

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