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oyez Line breaks: oyez
Pronunciation: /əʊˈjɛs/
/əʊˈjɛz/ /əʊˈjeɪ/
(also oyes)

Definition of oyez in English:


A call given, typically three times, by a public crier or a court officer to command silence and attention before an announcement.
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.


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

  • 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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