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oyez

Syllabification: o·yez
Pronunciation: /ˈōˈyā, ˈōˈyez
 
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(also oyes)

Definition of oyez in English:

exclamation

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.
Example sentences
  • ‘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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French oiez!, oyez! 'hear!', imperative plural of oir, from Latin audire 'hear'.

More
  • This call asking for people's attention made by a public crier or by a court officer is from Old French oiez!, oiez! ‘hear!’.

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