A call given by a court officer, or formerly by public criers, typically repeated two or three times to command silence and attention, as before court is in session.‘‘All the kids were sitting in the hall when the town crier came in shouting ‘oyez, oyez, oyez’ and ringing his bell.’
- ‘A new town crier, thought to be the youngest in the country, enjoyed shouting out her first ‘Oyez, oyez’ this weekend.’
- ‘Oyez, oyez - may all good citizens of the town of Pocklington, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, draw nigh.’
Late Middle English from Old French oiez!, oyez! ‘hear!’, imperative plural of oir, from Latin audire ‘hear’.