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English

Etymology 1

From Old English ġē, the nominative case of the second person plural personal pronoun. See also you.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

ye personal pronoun

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) you (the people being addressed).
Usage notes

Ye was originally used only for the nominative case (as the subject), and only for the second person plural. Later, ye was used as a subject or an object, either singular or plural, which is the way that you is used today.

References
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]

Etymology 2

From the Middle English Þe. Printers who couldn't reproduce the Þ (thorn) character (which corresponds to the modern (voiceless) th sound, as in thin, but later used for both th sounds), substituted a y. Despite the use of y, it was still read as the.

Pronunciation

Article

ye

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) the
    Ye Olde Medicine Shoppe.
Derived terms

Catawba

Noun

ye

  1. Man (adult male human), person.
  2. Native American Indian.

Usage notes

The vowel sounds may permutate, and transcription methods differ, such that the word can be represented in any of the following ways: ye`, ye', ye´ (reflecting differing transcriptions); , , or (reflecting vowel permutation); yä´n, inyen, or įyę (reflecting vowel permutation and differing transcription).

References

  • 1858: Oscar M. Lieber, Vocabulary of the Catawba Language.
  • 1900: Albert S. Gatschet, Grammatic Sketch of the Catawba Language (published in the American Anthropologist).
  • 1942: Frank G. Speck and C. E. Shaeffer, Catawba Kinship and Social Organization.
  • 1945: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Linguistic Classification of Catawba (published in the International Journal of American Linguistics).

Ido

Preposition

ye

  1. at

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

ye

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, , , , or .

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Middle English

Noun

ye (plural)

  1. eyes
And smale fowles maken melodye
That slepen all the night with open ye
- General Prologue, Canterbury Tales, ll. 9-10

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