hear ye; attention: traditionally cried out three times by court or public officials to command silence before a proclamation is read
Origin of oyezMiddle English from Anglo-Fr, hear ye, plural imperative of oyer from Classical Latin audire, to hear: see audience
a cry of “oyez”
Said loudly three times in succession to call a court to order when the session begins.
Origin of oyezMiddle English from Anglo-Norman French hear ye imperative pl. of oyer to hear from Latin audīre ; see au- in Indo-European roots.
- Hear ye. Attend. (Called by public criers or in court usually three times to secure silence).
- 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.
- A cry of "oyez".
oyez - Legal Definition
Literally, hear! An exclamation used to bring a court to order, or to gain attention for an official proclamation to be publicly made. A customary greeting uttered by a court bailiff to signify that court is in session.