Main definitions of ye in English

: ye1ye2

ye1

pronoun

dialect, archaic
  • ‘gather ye rosebuds, while ye may’
    plural form of thou

Phrases

  • ye gods!

    • dialect, archaic An exclamation of astonishment.

      • ‘Now, here's the problem: since this is an electronic voice telling me I have this phone call from this prison, I can't tell the electronic voice or the prisoner (ye gods!) that I am not the person they mean to be calling.’
      • ‘Rugby World Cup. And ye gods, am I excited! I love World Cups.’

Origin

Old English gē, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gij and German ihr.

Pronunciation

ye

/ji//yē/

Main definitions of ye in English

: ye1ye2

ye2

determiner

  • ‘Ye Olde Bookshoppe’
    pseudo-archaic term for the

Origin

Graphic variant; in late Middle English þ (see thorn) came to be written identically with y, so that the could be written ye. This spelling (usually ye) was kept as a convenient abbreviation in handwriting down to the 19th century, and in printers' types during the 15th and 16th centuries, but it was never pronounced as ‘ye’.

Pronunciation