from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Archaic The.
- pro. Archaic You.
- pro. Archaic You.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- pro. you (the people being addressed).
- v. Address a single person by the use of the pronoun ye instead of thou.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- an old method of printing the article the (AS. þe), the “y” being used in place of the Anglo-Saxon thorn (þ). It is sometimes incorrectly pronounced yē. See the, and thorn, n., 4.
- n. An eye.
- pro. The plural of the pronoun of the second person in the nominative case.
- adv. Yea; yes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The personal pronoun of the second person, in the plural number: now commonly applied also (originally with some notion of distinction or compliment, as in the case of the royal we) to a single individual, in place of the singular forms thee and thou—a use resulting in the partial degradation of thou to a term of familiarity or of contempt. Ye is archaic, and little used except in exalted address and poetry.
- As used without discrimination of case-form between nominative and objective.
- As used for a single subject.
- A Middle English form of yea.
- n. An obsolete variant of eye.
Misreading of ye, from Middle English þe, spelling of the, the (using the letter thorn).
Middle English, from Old English gē; see yu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ye, ȝe, from Old English ġē ("ye"), the nominative case of the second-person plural personal pronoun, from Proto-Germanic *jūz (“ye”), from Proto-Indo-European *yūs (“ye”). Cognate with Scots ye ("ye"), Dutch gij, jij, je ("ye"), Low German ji, jie ("ye"), German ihr ("ye"), Danish and Swedish I ("ye"), Icelandic ér ("ye"). See also you. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English þe. The letter y is a variant of þ ("thorn"), a letter which corresponds to modern th, but letter þ did not exist in first press typographies, so was replaced using either "th" or "y". Etymological y was for a time distinguished by a dot, ẏ, but the letters were conflated when that was dropped. (Wiktionary)