ayes

aye

1 [ahy]
adverb
1.
noun
2.
an affirmative vote or voter, especially in British Parliament, corresponding to yea in U.S. Congress.
Also, ay.


Origin:
1570–80; earlier spelling I, of uncertain origin

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aye or ay1 (aɪ)
 
sentence substitute
1.  yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
2.  aye aye
 a.  an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
 b.  (Brit) an expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc
 
n
3.  a.  a person who votes in the affirmative
 b.  an affirmative vote
 
[C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent]
 
ay or ay1
 
sentence substitute
 
n
 
[C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent]

aye2 (əɪ)
 
adv
(Scot) always; still
 
[Old Norse ei ever; Old English ā; compare Latin aevum an age, Greek aion aeon, aiei ever, always]

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aye
"assent," 1570s, perhaps a variant of I, meaning "I assent;" or an alt. of M.E. yai "yes," or from aye (2) "always, ever."

aye
"always, ever," c.1200, from O.N. ei "ever" (cognate with O.E. a "always, ever"), from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (cf. Gk. aion "age, eternity," L. aevum "space of time;" see eon).
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