Main definitions of ye in English

: ye1ye2

ye1

Pronunciation /yē/ /ji/

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pronoun

archaic, dialect second person plural
plural form of thou
  • ‘gather ye rosebuds, while ye may’

Phrases

    ye gods!
    archaic, dialect
    • 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.’

Origin

Old English gē, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gij and German ihr.

Main definitions of ye in English

: ye1ye2

ye2

Pronunciation /yē/ /ji/

Translate ye into Spanish

determiner

pseudo-archaic term for the
  • ‘Ye Olde Bookshoppe’

Origin

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.