Definition of oyez in English:


(also oyes)

Pronunciation: /ōˈyez//ōˈyā/


  • A call given by a court officer, or formerly by public criers, typically repeated two or three times to command silence and attention, as before court is in session.

    • ‘‘All the kids were sitting in the hall when the town crier came in shouting ‘oyez, oyez, oyez’ and ringing his bell.’
    • ‘A new town crier, thought to be the youngest in the country, enjoyed shouting out her first ‘Oyez, oyez’ this weekend.’
    • ‘Oyez, oyez - may all good citizens of the town of Pocklington, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, draw nigh.’


Late Middle English: from Old French oiez!, oyez! hear! imperative plural of oir, from Latin audire hear.