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ye1

[yee] /yi/
pronoun
1.
Archaic (except in some elevated or ecclesiastical prose), Literary, or British Dialect.
  1. (used nominatively as the plural of thou, especially in rhetorical, didactic, or poetic contexts, in addressing a group of persons or things):
    O ye of little faith; ye brooks and hills.
  2. (used nominatively for the second person singular, especially in polite address):
    Do ye not know me?
  3. (used objectively in the second person singular or plural):
    I have something to tell ye. Arise, the enemy is upon ye!
2.
(used with mock seriousness in an invocation, mild oath, or the like):
Ye gods and little fishes!
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English gē; cognate with Dutch gij, German ihr, Old Norse ēr, Gothic jus

ye2

[th ee; spelling pronunciation yee] /ði; spelling pronunciation yi/
definite article, Archaic.
1.
the1 .
Usage note
The word ye2, as in Ye Olde Booke Shoppe, is simply an archaic spelling of the definite article the. The use of the letter Y was a printer's adaptation of the thorn, þ, the character in the Old English alphabet representing the th- sounds (th) and (th̸) in Modern English; Y was the closest symbol in the Roman alphabet. Originally, the form would have been rendered as or ye. The pronunciation today is a spelling pronunciation.

thou1

[th ou] /ðaʊ/
pronoun, sing., nom. thou; possessive thy or thine; objective thee; pl., nom. you or ye; possessive your or yours; objective you or ye.
1.
Archaic (except in some elevated or ecclesiastical prose) the personal pronoun of the second person singular in the nominative case (used to denote the person or thing addressed):
Thou shalt not kill.
2.
(used by the Friends) a familiar form of address of the second person singular.
verb (used with object)
3.
to address as “thou.”.
verb (used without object)
4.
to use “thou” in discourse.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English thū; cognate with German, Middle Dutch du, Old Norse thū, Gothic thu, Old Irish tú, Welsh, Cornish ti, Latin tū, Doric Greek tý, Lithuanian tù, OCS ty; akin to Sanskrit tvam; (v.) late Middle English thowen, derivative of the pronoun
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British Dictionary definitions for ye

ye1

/jiː; unstressed /
pronoun
1.
(archaic or dialect) refers to more than one person including the person addressed but not including the speaker
2.
(dialect) Also ee (). refers to one person addressed I tell ye
Word Origin
Old English gē; related to Dutch gij, Old Norse ēr, Gothic jus

ye2

/ðiː; spelling pron jiː/
determiner
1.
a form of the, used in conjunction with other putative archaic spellings ye olde oake
Word Origin
from a misinterpretation of the as written in some Middle English texts. The runic letter thorn (Þ, representing th) was incorrectly transcribed as y because of a resemblance in their shapes

ye3

abbreviation
1.
Yemen

thou1

/ðaʊ/
pronoun (subjective)
1.
(archaic, dialect) refers to the person addressed: used mainly in familiar address or to a younger person or inferior
2.
(usually capital) refers to God when addressed in prayer, etc
Word Origin
Old English thū; related to Old Saxon thū, Old High German du, Old Norse thū, Latin tū, Doric Greek tu

thou2

/θaʊ/
noun (pl) thous, thou
1.
one thousandth of an inch. 1 thou is equal to 0.0254 millimetre
2.
(informal) short for thousand
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Word Origin and History for ye
ye
O.E. ge, nom. pl. of 2nd pers. pronoun þu (see thou); cognate with O.Fris. ji, O.S. gi, M.Du. ghi, Du. gij. Altered, by influence of we, from an earlier form that was similar to Goth. jus "you (pl.)" (see you). Cognate with Lith. jus, Skt. yuyam, Avestan yuzem, Gk. hymeis. The -r- in O.N. er, Ger. ihr probably is from infl. of the 1st pers. pl. pronouns (O.N. ver, Ger. wir).
ye
old or quaintly archaic way of writing the, in which the -y- is a 16c. graphic alteration of þ, an O.E. character (generally called "thorn," originally a Gmc. rune; see th-) that represented the "hard" -th- sound at the beginning of the. Early printers, whose types were founded on the continent, did not have a þ, so they substituted y as the letter that looked most like it. But in such usages it was not pronounced "y." Ye for the (and yt for that) continued in manuscripts through 18c. Revived 19c. as a deliberate antiquarianism; the Ye Olde _____ construction was being mocked by 1896.
thou
2nd nominative singular personal pronoun, O.E. þu, from P.Gmc. *thu (cf. O.Fris. thu, M.Du., M.L.G. du, O.H.G., Ger. du, O.N. þu, Goth. þu), from PIE *tu-, second person singular pronoun (cf. L. tu, Ir. tu, Welsh ti, Gk. su, Lith. tu, O.C.S. ty, Skt. twa-m). Superseded in M.E. by plural form you (from a different root), but retained in certain dialects (e.g. Philadelphia Quakers). The plural at first was used in addressing superior individuals, later also (to err on the side of propriety) strangers, and ultimately all equals. By c.1450 the use of thou to address inferiors gave it a tinge of insult unless addressed by parents to children, or intimates to one another. Hence the verb meaning "to use 'thou' to a person" (c.1440).
"Avaunt, caitiff, dost thou thou me! I am come of good kin, I tell thee!" ["Hickscorner," c.1530]
A brief history of the second person pronoun in Eng. can be found here.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ye

thou

noun

A thousand, esp a thousand dollars; grand: A hundred and fifty thou is business (1867+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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ye in Technology

networking
The country code for Yemen.
(1999-01-27)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for ye

thou

thousand
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