(old use)
an old word meaning ‘listen’. It is traditionally shouted, usually three times, to get people’s attention, by officials in courts of law and by town criers (= people whose job is to walk through the streets of towns and shout official announcements and other news).

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  • oyez — /ō yez, yā, yes; ō ˌ/ vb imper [Anglo French oyez! hear ye!, from Old French oiez oyez, imperative plural of oir to hear, from Latin audire] used by a court officer (as a bailiff) to gain the attention of people present at the commencement of a… …   Law dictionary

  • Oyez — O yez ([=o] y[e^]s ; 277), interj. [Anglo F. oyez hear ye. See {Oyer}.] Hear; attend; a term used by criers of courts to secure silence before making a proclamation. It is repeated three times. [Written also {oyes}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oyez — early 15c., from Anglo Fr. oyez hear ye! (late 13c., O.Fr. oiez), a cry uttered (usually thrice) to call attention, from L. subjunctive audiatis, pl. imperative of audire to hear (Anglo Fr. oier; see AUDIENCE (Cf. audience)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • oyez — or oyes [ō′yes΄] interj. [ME < Anglo Fr, hear ye, pl. imper. of oyer < L audire, to hear: see AUDIENCE] hear ye; attention: usually cried out three times by court or public officials to command silence before a proclamation is read n. a cry …   English World dictionary

  • öyez — öyez, övez, bir çeşit sivrisinek I, 84 …   Divan-i Luqat-i it-Türk Dizini

  • oyez — (also oyes) ► EXCLAMATION ▪ a call given by a public crier or a court officer to command silence and attention before an announcement. ORIGIN Old French, hear! , from Latin audire to hear …   English terms dictionary

  • Oyez — This article is about the Anglo Norman word still used as a tradition in law. For the website, see Oyez.org. Oyez (pronounced /ˈoʊjɛs/ (with an ess sound)[citation needed], /ˈoʊjeɪ/) is a traditional interjection said three times in succession to …   Wikipedia

  • oyez — I. verb imperative Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, hear ye, imperative plural of oir to hear, from Latin audire more at audible Date: 15th century used by a court or public crier to gain attention before a proclamation II. noun… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oyez — /oh yes, oh yez/, interj. 1. hear! attend! (a cry uttered usually twice by a court officer to command silence and attention, as before court is in session, and formerly by public criers). n. 2. a cry of oyez. Also, oyes. [1375 1425; late ME < AF …   Universalium

  • oyez — o·yez || əʊ jes , z n. exclamation of oyez interj. Listen!; Quiet! …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oyez — [əʊ jɛs, jɛz, jeɪ] (also oyes) exclamation a call given by a public crier or a court officer to command silence and attention before an announcement. Origin ME: from OFr. oiez!, oyez! hear! , imperative plural of oir, from L. audire hear …   English new terms dictionary

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