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oyez

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Pronunciation: /əʊˈjɛs
 
, -ˈjɛz, -ˈjeɪ/
(also oyes)

Definition of oyez in English:

exclamation

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.

Origin

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

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