oyesses

oyez

[oh-yes, oh-yez]
interjection
1.
hear! attend! (a cry uttered usually twice by a court officer to command silence and attention, as before court is in session, and formerly by public criers).
noun, plural oyesses.
2.
a cry of “oyez.”
Also, oyes.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, plural imperative of oyer; see oyer

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oyez or oyes (əʊˈjɛs, -ˈjɛz, əʊˈjɛs, -ˈjɛz)
 
interj
1.  a cry, usually uttered three times, by a public crier or court official for silence and attention before making a proclamation
 
n
2.  such a cry
 
[C15: via Anglo-Norman from Old French oiez! hear!]
 
oyes or oyes
 
interj
 
n
 
[C15: via Anglo-Norman from Old French oiez! hear!]

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oyez
c.1425, from Anglo-Fr. oyez "hear ye!" (c.1286, O.Fr. oiez), a cry uttered (usually thrice) to call attention, from L. subjunctive audiatis, pl. imperative of audire "to hear" (Anglo-Fr. oier; see audience).
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