An example of yea used as an adverb is in the phrase, "They have screamed, yea, in celebration," which means that they have screamed yes in celebration.
An example of a yea is a person who votes in support of a new budget.
They have spoken, yea, shouted their reply.
A thousand, yea, ten thousand.
Origin of yea
- Middle English from Old English gēa i- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ye, Èea, from Old English Ä¡Ä“a, iÄ (“yea, yes"), from Proto-Germanic *ja (“yes, thus, so"), from Proto-Indo-European *yÄ“ (“already"). Cognate with Scots yea, ya (“yes, yea, indeed, so"), Saterland Frisian ja (“yes"), West Frisian ja (“yes"), Dutch ja (“yes"), German ja (“yes, yea"), Swedish ja, jo (“yes, well, indeed"), Icelandic jÃ¡ (“yes"), Latin iam (“now, already").