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Meaning of AYE

Pronunciation:  ey

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Aye\, Ay \Ay\, adv. [Perh. a modification of yea, or from
    the interjection of admiration or astonishment, OE. ei, ey,
    why, hey, ay, well, ah, ha. Cf. MHG. & G. ei, Dan. ej. Or
    perh. akin to aye ever.]
    Yes; yea; -- a word expressing assent, or an affirmative
    answer to a question. It is much used in viva voce voting in
    legislative bodies, etc.
    Note: This word is written I in the early editions of
          Shakespeare and other old writers.
  2. \Aye\, n.
    An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative; as,
    ``To call for the ayes and noes;'' ``The ayes have it.''
  3. \Aye\, Ay \Ay\, adv. [Icel. ei, ey; akin to AS. [=a],
    [=a]wa, always, Goth. aiws an age, Icel. [ae]fi, OHG, ?wa, L.
    aevum, Gr. ? an age, ?, ?, ever, always, G. je, Skr. ?va
    course. ?,?. Cf. {Age}, v., {Either}, a., {Or}, conj.]
    Always; ever; continually; for an indefinite time.
          For his mercies aye endure.              --Milton.
    {For aye}, {always}; forever; eternally.
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