pronoun[second person plural] archaic or dialect
- plural form of thou1.gather ye rosebuds, while ye may
Old English gē, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gij and German ihr
The history of the use of ye is complex. In the earliest period it was used only as the plural subjective form. In the 13th century it came to be used in the singular, equivalent to thou. In the 15th century, when you had become the dominant subjective form, ye came to be used as an objective singular and plural (equivalent to thee and you). Various uses survive in modern dialects.