American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used three times in succession to introduce the opening of a court of law.
- n. This cry, used to open a court.
- interj. Hear ye. Attend. (Called by public criers or in court usually three times to secure silence).
- n. A cry of "oyez".
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. Hear; attend; -- a term used by criers of courts to secure silence before making a proclamation. It is repeated three times.
- From Anglo-Norman and Middle French oyez, oiez, imperative plural of oir ("to hear"), from Old French oïr ("to hear"), from Latin audiō ("to hear"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman French hear ye, imperative pl. of oyer, to hear, from Latin audīre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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