1. An example of yoke is the wood that oxen are hooked to on an old-style plow. 2. A bar used across the shoulders to balance a load equally on both sides is an example of a yoke. 3. The frame that a heavy bell is hung on is an example of a yoke.
A yoke of oxen.
To work two yokes, i.e. to work both morning and afternoon.
Partners who were yoked together for life.
The yoke of matrimony.
- A frame fitting over the shoulders for carrying pails, etc., one on either end.
- A clamp, coupling, slotted piece, etc. used to hold two parts together.
- A crosspiece on a boat's rudder, to which the steering cables are attached.
- The bar used in double harnessing to connect the horse's collar to the tongue of the wagon or carriage.
Origin of yoke
- Middle English from Old English geoc yeug- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English Ä¡eoc, from Proto-Germanic *jukÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *yugÃ³m. Cognate with West Frisian jok, Dutch juk, German Joch, Danish Ã¥g, Swedish ok, Gothic ðŒ¾ðŒ¿ðŒº (juk), Latin iugum (English jugular), Greek Î¶Ï…Î³ÏŒÏ‚ (zugÃ³s, “yoke"), Sanskrit à¤¯à¥à¤— (yugÃ¡, “yoke, team"), Old Church Slavonic Ð¸Ð³Ð¾ (igo) (Russian Ð¸Ð³Ð¾ (igo)), Persian ÛŒÙˆØº (yuÄŸ). Compare yoga.