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The Collaborative Dictionary

Ye \Ye\, Ye \Ye\ ([th][=e]), an old method of printing the article the (AS. [thorn]e), the "y" being used in place of the Anglo-Saxon thorn ([thorn]). It is sometimes incorrectly pronounced y[=e]. See The, and Thorn, n.,
[1913 Webster]
Ye \Y"["e]\ ([=e]"e), n.; pl. Y["e]n ([=e]"en). An eye. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] From his y["e]n ran the water down. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Ye \Ye\ (y[=e]), pron. [OE. ye, [yogh]e, nom. pl., AS. ge, g[imac]; cf. OS. ge, g[imac], OFries. g[imac], [imac], D. gij, Dan. & Sw. i, Icel. [=e]r, OHG. ir, G. ihr, Goth. jus, Lith. jus, Gr. "ymei^s, Skr. yuyam. [root]189.] The plural of the pronoun of the second person in the nominative case. [1913 Webster] Ye ben to me right welcome heartily. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified. --1 Cor. vi.
[1913 Webster] This would cost you your life in case ye were a man. --Udall. [1913 Webster] Note: In Old English ye was used only as a nominative, and you only as a dative or objective. In the 16th century, however, ye and you became confused and were often used interchangeably, both as nominatives and objectives, and you has now superseded ye except in solemn or poetic use. See You, and also the first Note under Thou. [1913 Webster] Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I come, kind gentlemen, strange news to tell ye. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
Ye \Ye\ (y[=a]), adv. [See Yea.] Yea; yes. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


Etymology 1

From ge, the nominative case of the second person plural personal pronoun. See also you.


  • a RP & a US /jiː/, /ji:/
  • Rhymes with: -iː


  1. In the context of "Northumbrian|Cornwall|archaic|": 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.


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Etymology 2

From the
Ye can refer to:
  • Ye (pronoun), a form of the second-person, personal pronoun: "you"
  • Ye (surname) (叶), a Chinese surname
  • Ye, often used in early typescript in place of the; William Caxton decided on the glyph Y to replace the old English letter thorn (Þ), which was occasionally used in place of the two-letter combination TH in script but unavailable to printers
  • Ye (Cyrillic) (Е), a letter in the Cyrillic alphabet
  • Pronounced "yay", it is a nickname of Chicago rapper Kanye West


ye in German: YE
ye in Esperanto: Ye
ye in French: YE
ye in Korean: YE
ye in Italian: YE
ye in Japanese: YE
ye in Kölsch: YE (Watt ėßß datt?)
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