Definition of yé-yé in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjeɪjeɪ/


(also ye-ye)
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of a type of popular music and fashion typical of 1960s youth culture, especially in France.


(also ye-ye)
  • 1A young person associated with yé-yé style or music.

  • 2A style of light pop music originating in, and particularly associated with, France in the 1960s.

    Popular yé-yé singers included France Gall, Sylvie Vartan, Françoise Hardy, and Serge Gainsbourg.


1960s; earliest use found in The Daily Telegraph. Apparently from French yé-yé (adjective) relating to this style of music (although this is first attested later: 1963), (noun) this style of music, person associated with this style of music from English yeah-yeah, reduplication of yeah, either because this frequently occurred in popular English-language songs of the period, or with reference to spontaneous exclamations by musicians and audiences.