pronounarchaic, dialect second person plural
- ‘gather ye rosebuds, while ye may’
- ye gods!
An exclamation of astonishment.‘Now, here's the problem: since this is an electronic voice telling me I have this phone call from this prison, I can't tell the electronic voice or the prisoner (ye gods!) that I am not the person they mean to be calling.’
- ‘Rugby World Cup. And ye gods, am I excited! I love World Cups.’
Old English gē, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gij and German ihr.
- ‘Ye Olde Bookshoppe’
Graphic variant; in late Middle English þ (see thorn) came to be written identically with y, so that the could be written ye. This spelling (usually yᵉ) was kept as a convenient abbreviation in handwriting down to the 19th century, and in printers' types during the 15th and 16th centuries. It was never pronounced as ‘ye’ in the past, but this is the pronunciation used today.