Aye definition

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(archaic) Always; ever.

Pledged their love for aye.

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Yes; yea.

Voted aye on the appropriations bill.

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An affirmative vote or voter.

The ayes outnumber the nays on this issue.

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An affirmative vote or a person voting affirmatively.
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The definition of aye means a yes vote.

An example of aye is what a congressman would say when agreeing with a bill being voted on in Congress.

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(archaic) Ever, always.
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Yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question.
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An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative.

"To call for the ayes and nays;" "The ayes have it."

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(old poet.) Always; ever.
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Yes; yea.
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aye, aye
  • I understand and will obey
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
aye
Plural:
ayes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of aye

  • Perhaps from Middle English ayye ay always aye2 ye yes yea

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ai from Old Norse ei aiw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English aye, ai, agg, from Old Norse ei, ey, from Proto-Germanic *ī́ui ‘ever, always’ (compare Old English ā, ō, Middle Dutch ie, German je), accusative of *aiwaz ‘age; law’ (compare Old English ǣ(w) ‘law’, West Frisian ieu ‘century’, Dutch eeuw ‘century’), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éi̯us ‘long time’ (compare Irish aois ‘age, period’,Breton oad ‘age, period’,Latin ævum ‘eternity’, Ancient Greek αἰών (aiṓn)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from use of aye as expression of agreement, or from Middle English a ye (“oh yes”). More at oh, yea.

    From Wiktionary