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

In the end, 217 Labour and 44 Liberal Democrats joined 126 Conservatives members of Parliament in the “ayes.”
British Conservatives: Out and Proud Peter Jukes February 5, 2013

Just after midnight, the vote won with 219 ayes, including an unexpected 49 Republicans and 170 Democrats.
House Passes Bill to End Medical Marijuana Raids by the DEA Abby Haglage May 29, 2014

When the 12 anti-protest laws were voted on in Parliament, the Speaker even did not count the ayes.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Tenders Bloody Resignation Oleg Shynkarenko January 28, 2014

Historical Examples

The ayes and Noes were like two volleys of cannon from opposite sides of a field of battle.
Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan

The ayes seem to have it, the ayes have it, and Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Adams are elected.
America First Various

I ain’t goin’ to hold down my opinion o’ that man no longer, ayes!
The Light in the Clearing Irving Bacheller

As many as favor the motion make it known by saying “aye” (ayes respond).
America First Various

The ayes have the chicken, and the chicken is unanimously carried.
Hepsey Burke Frank Noyes Westcott

The ayes seem to have it, the ayes have it, and the paragraph on slavery is struck out.
America First Various

The Speaker pronounced that the Noes had it; and the ayes did not think fit to divide.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay

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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