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Oke \Oke\ ([=o]k), n. [Turk. okkah, fr. Ar. [=u]k[imac]yah, wak[imac]yah, prob. fr. Gr. o'yggi`a, o'ygki`a, an ounce, fr. L. uncia. Cf. Ounce a weight.]

  1. A Turkish and Egyptian weight, equal to about 23/4 pounds.

  2. An Hungarian and Wallachian measure, equal to about 21/2 pints.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

slang clipping of OK, attested from 1929.


Etymology 1 n. (context historical or obsolete English) A Turkish, Egyptian, Hungarian and Wallachian unit of weight, equal to about 2 & 3/4 lbs. Etymology 2

n. (context South Africa slang English) man; guy; bloke


The ,Also call Old Imperial Family(旧皇族) were branches of the Japanese Imperial Family created from branches of the Fushimi-no-miya house. All but one of the ōke were formed by the descendants of Prince Fushimi Kuniye. The ōke were stripped of their membership in the Imperial Family by the American Occupation Authorities in October 1947, as part of the abolition of collateral imperial houses. After that point, only the immediate family of Hirohito and those of his three brothers retained membership in the Imperial Family. However, unofficial heads of these collateral families still exist for most and are listed herein.

In recent years, conservatives have proposed to reinstate several of the former imperial branches or else to allow the imperial family to adopt male members of the former princely houses, as a solution to the Japanese succession controversy.

The ōke were, in order of founding:

  1. 梨本 Nashimoto
  2. 久邇 Kuni
  3. 山階 Yamashina (extinct)
  4. 華頂 Kachō or Kwachō (extinct)
  5. 北白川 Kitashirakawa
  6. 東伏見 Higashifushimi or Komatsu (小松) (extinct)
  7. 賀陽 Kaya
  8. 朝香 Asaka
  9. 東久邇 Higashikuni
  10. 竹田 Takeda

Unless otherwise stated, all princes listed herein are the sons of their predecessor.


Oke or OKE may refer to:

  • Oke (name)
  • Ōke, branches of the Japanese Imperial Family
  • Oka (mass), an Ottoman measure of mass
  • Oke, Alberta, a locality in Yellowhead County, Alberta, Canada
  • Okinoerabu Airport, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan (IATA airport code: OKE)
  • Okpe language (Southwestern Edo), an Edoid language of Nigeria (ISO 639-3 code: oke)
  • OKE, a 2013 mixtape by rapper Game
Oke (name)

Oke is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:


  • Alan Oke, British tenor
  • Assogba Oké (1903–1973), Beninese politician and diplomat
  • Charles Cunningham Oke (1894-1967), 2nd. Lieut. British Army, Newfoundland Infantry, 1st. Battalion, one of the "Blue Putees" of the First Five Hundred, deployed to Gallipoli in WWI, awarded riband with 1914-1915 star, War Pensions Officer, Superintendent of the Main School of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
  • Elizabeth Oke, (1826-1908), trained at The Home and Colonial School Society, married Rev. John Horden, served as a missionary in Moose Factory, Hudson's Bay (Ont.) and supervised the girls school
  • Femi Oke (born 1966), British television presenter and journalist
  • Isaiah Oke (born c. 1940), Nigerian shaman
  • Janette Oke (born 1935), Canadian author
  • John Beverly Oke (1928–2004), American astronomer and academic
  • Leslie Warner Oke (born 1877), Canadian farmer and political figure
  • Robert Oke (1794-1870), first Chief Inspector for the Newfoundland Lighthouse Service (1855 to 1870), published a 64-page book of early lighthouse designs in 1861, installed the first light mechanism (from Bell Rock) at the Cape Bonavista lighthouse in 1842, installed the famous Isle of May light mechanism at the Cape Pine lighthouse in 1850, which was later moved to Harbor Grace Island and finally to Cape Bonavista
  • Robert "Bob" Oke, served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, elected to the Senate in 1990 and re-elected three times (Washington State), recognized for battling the tobacco industry
  • Scott Oke (born 1993), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Tosin Oke (born 1980), Nigerian track and field athlete
  • William Austin Oke, Esq. (1857-1923), Owner, Munn & Oke, publisher of The Harbor Grace Standard newspaper, Liberal member of the Newfoundland House of Assembly (elected 1897, 1900, 1904), then Judge of the District Court, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland

Given name:

  • Oke Akpoveta (born 1991), Nigerian professional footballer
  • Oke Smith (born 1894), professional American football player

Usage examples of "oke".

In this sort I was houlden in an intrycate minde of doubts, at length ouercome withall kinde of greefes, my whole bodye trembling and languishinge vnder a broade and mightye Oke full of Acornes, standing in the middest of a spatious and large green meade, extending forth his thicke and leauie armes to make a coole shadowe, vnder whose bodye breathing I rested my selfe vppon the deawye hearbes, and lying vppon my left syde I drewe my breath in the freshe ayre more shortly betwixt my drye and wrinckled lips, then the weary running heart, pinched in the haunche and struck in the brest, not able any longer to beare vp his weighty head, or sustaine his body vpon his bowing knees, but dying prostrates himselfe.

Robin-goodfellow, the spoorne, the mare, the man in the oke, the hell-waine, the fier drake, the puckle, Tom Thombe, hobgoblins, Tom Tumbler, boneless, and such other bugs, that we were afraid of our own shadowes.

And leet comande anon to hakke and hewe The okes olde, and leye hem on a rewe In colpons, wel arrayed for to brenne.

I, Alda, high priest among the Oke Priests, have been summoned to pass judgement.

Lieutenant Okes said carefully, 'I have often read of your exploits in the Gazette, sir.

If Okes had been officer-of-the-watch he might have panicked and raised an almighty row which even Pomfret, half sodden with drink in his bunk, would have heard.

But when Herrick had relieved Lieutenant Okes at four o'clock Okes had whispered quickly that Bolitho had been on deck for most of the night.

It should have been Okes on the starboard side, but perhaps he was already dead, like so many of the others.

He thought, too, of Herrick's face when he had told him he was taking Lieutenant Okes with him in the lugger.

Should he be killed before the raid was finished, how would Okes manage?

Cradled on his knees was a half-eaten pie, and even as Okes staggered to a halt Rennie glanced up at him and dabbed at his: mouth with a handkerchief.

He caught Okes up around the curve in the road and gasped, 'Where's Mr.

As the musket smoke drifted clear Okes saw the soldiers falling back, leaving others screaming and kicking in a low gorse.

It seemed to Okes that another age passed before all his men were aboard and the last of the marines were falling back along the pier.

No, Herrick frowned as he tried to relive exactly the moment Okes had stepped aboard, unmoved was not the proper description.