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an affirmative vote or voter, especially in British Parliament, corresponding to yea in U.S. Congress.
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Contemporary Examples

That Tut accomplished all this before his 12th birthday suggests aye was the power behind the throne.
The Cult of Tut Bruce Feiler April 21, 2010

“aye ready;” and arm-in-arm we raced into the dining-room, scandalizing the servants.
Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show Robert W. Chambers February 19, 2014

“aye,” his father said—the last thing he would ever say to him.
Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father Tim Teeman October 13, 2014

But, as Ritchie recalled, he lifted an arm and pointed to one of his eyes, thus letting all know that he was voting “aye.”
Why Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Leave of Absence Was Allowed James Warren November 22, 2012

Oh, aye,” Savile responded: “How do they know whether I am or not?
Jimmy Savile Sex-Abuse Scandal Taints Entire Era in Britain Peter Jukes October 30, 2012

Historical Examples

aye, so it has, agreed Mrs. Parry Wynn, intelligent an—an—lively.
Through Welsh Doorways Jeannette Augustus Marks

aye, but before I do so, let me read again the last of my Ballads.
Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service

aye, sister, both of us–come and persuade this foolish Wulfric.
Wulfric the Weapon Thane Charles W. Whistler

aye, lad, and the plain things are always the hardest things to do.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand

aye, but if you come as a Mar-joy I will show you the way out, my word for that!
Margery [Gred], Complete Georg Ebers

sentence substitute
yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
aye aye

an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
(Brit) an expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one’s suspicions, expectations, etc


a person who votes in the affirmative
an affirmative vote

(Scot) always; still

“assent,” 1570s, of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of I, meaning “I assent;” or an alteration of Middle English yai “yes” (see yea), or from aye (adv.) “always, ever.”

“always, ever,” c.1200, from Old Norse ei “ever” (cognate with Old English a “always, ever”), from PIE *aiw- “vital force, life, long life, eternity” (cf. Greek aion “age, eternity,” Latin aevum “space of time;” see eon).


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