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From Middle English ye, ?e, from Old English ?? (“ye”), the nominative case of the second-person plural personal pronoun, from West Germanic *j?z, variant of Proto-Germanic *j?z (“ye”), from Proto-Indo-European *y?s, *y?? (“ye”), plural of *túh?. Cognate with Scots ye (“ye”), Saterland Frisian jie, Dutch gij, jij, je (“ye”), Low German ji, jie (“ye”), German ihr (“ye”), Danish and Swedish I (“ye”), Icelandic ér (“ye”). See also you.
ye (personal pronoun)
- (archaic outside Northern England, Cornwall, Ireland, Newfoundland) You (the people being addressed).
ye (present participle yeyn)
From Middle English þe. The letter y was sometimes used for þ (“thorn”), a letter which corresponds to modern th, because þ did not exist in the first press typographies, so was replaced using either "th", which replaced it, or "y", which resembled it in Late Medieval and Early Modern Blackletter. Etymological y was for a time distinguished by a dot, ?, but the letters were conflated when that was dropped.
- (archaic, definite) the
Shortened from yes.
- (slang) Yes.
From Russian ? (je).
ye (plural yes)
- The Cyrillic Russian letter ?, ?.