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Ye cannot serve God and Mammon
Ye shall not steal.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ye \Ye\, Ye \Ye\ ([th][=e]), an old method of printing the article the (AS. [thorn]e), the ``y'' being used in place of the Anglo-Saxon thorn ([thorn]). It is sometimes incorrectly pronounced y[=e]. See The, and Thorn, n., 4.


Ye \Y"["e]\ ([=e]"e), n.; pl. Y["e]n ([=e]"en). An eye. [Obs.]

From his y["e]n ran the water down.


Ye \Ye\ (y[=e]), pron. [OE. ye, [yogh]e, nom. pl., AS. ge, g[imac]; cf. OS. ge, g[=i], OFries. g[=i], [=i], D. gij, Dan. & Sw. i, Icel. [=e]r, OHG. ir, G. ihr, Goth. jus, Lith. jus, Gr. "ymei^s, Skr. yuyam. [root]189.] The the pronoun of the second person in the nominative case.

Ye ben to me right welcome heartily.

But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified.
--1 Cor. vi. 11.

This would cost you your life in case ye were a man.

Note: In Old English ye was used only as a nominative, and you only as a dative or objective. In the 16th century, however, ye and you became confused and were often used interchangeably, both as nominatives and objectives, and you has now superseded ye except in solemn or poetic use. See You, and also the first Note under Thou.

Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye.

I come, kind gentlemen, strange news to tell ye.


Ye \Ye\ (y[=a]), adv. [See Yea.] Yea; yes. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English ge, nominative plural of 2nd person pronoun þu (see thou); cognate with Old Frisian ji, Old Saxon gi, Middle Dutch ghi, Dutch gij. Cognate with Lithuanian jus, Sanskrit yuyam, Avestan yuzem, Greek hymeis.\n

\nAltered, by influence of we, from an earlier form that was similar to Gothic jus "you (plural)" (see you). The -r- in Old Norse er, German ihr probably is likewise from influence of their respective 1st person plural pronouns (Old Norse ver, German wir).


old or quaintly archaic way of writing the, in which the -y- is a 16c. graphic alteration of þ, an Old English character (generally called "thorn," originally a Germanic rune; see th-) that represented the -th- sound (as at the beginning of thorn). The characters for -y- and -þ- so closely resembled each other in Old English and early Middle English handwriting that a dot had to be added to the -y- to keep them distinct. In late 15c., early printers in English, whose types were founded on the continent, did not have a þ in their sets, so they substituted y as the letter that looked most like it when setting type. But in such usages it was not meant to be pronounced with any of the sounds associated with -y-, but still as "-th-." Ye for the (and yt for that) continued in manuscripts through 18c. Revived 19c. as a deliberate antiquarianism; the Ye Olde _____ construction was being mocked by 1896.


Etymology 1 alt. (context archaic outside Northern England Cornwall Ireland English) you (the people being addressed). pron. (context archaic outside Northern England Cornwall Ireland English) you (the people being addressed). vb. (context obsolete English) (l en address Address) a (l en single) person by the use of the (l en pronoun) (term ye) instead of (term thou English). Etymology 2

article (context archaic definite English) the

Ye (Cyrillic)
For the Ukrainian alphabet letter Ye (Є є), see Ukrainian Ye.

Ye (Е е; italics: Е е) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. In some languages this letter is called E.

It commonly represents the vowel or , like the pronunciation of in "yes".

Ye is romanized using the Latin letter E.

It was derived from the Greek letter epsilon (Ε ε).

Ye (pronoun)

Ye (IPA: ) is a second-person, plural, personal pronoun ( nominative), spelled in Old English as " ge". In Middle English and early Early Modern English, it was used to address an equal or superior person. While its use is archaic in most of the English-speaking world, it is used in Newfoundland, Northern England, Cornwall, and Ireland to distinguish from the singular "you".

Ye (hangul)

is one of the Korean hangul. The Unicode for ㅖ is U+3156.


Ye can refer to:

  • Ye (pronoun), a form of the second-person, personal pronoun "you"
  • Ye (surname) (叶/葉), a Chinese surname
  • Ye, romanization of a common Korean surname Ri at the end of the 19th century.
  • An archaic spelling of the English definite article (the). See Ye Olde, and the "Ye form" section of the page English articles.
  • Ye (Cyrillic) (Е), a Cyrillic letter
  • Ukrainian Ye (Є), a Cyrillic letter
  • Ye or Yeezy, a nickname of rapper Kanye West
  • Ye the Great , a figure in Chinese mythology
Ye (ancient China)

Ye or Yecheng was an ancient Chinese city located in what is now Linzhang County, Handan, Hebei province and neighbouring Anyang, Henan province.

Ye was first built in the Spring and Autumn Period by Duke Huan of Qi, and by the time of the Warring States period the city belonged to the state of Wei. Ye was a political and economic center of China during the Three Kingdoms Period and Northern Dynasties. It served as the military headquarters of the warlords Yuan Shao and Cao Cao in the last years of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Shi Le made Ye the capital of his Later Zhao dynasty of the fourth century.

In the 490s, Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei, also known as Xiao Wendi, moved his capital from Pingcheng (平城, in modern Datong, Shanxi) to the former capital city of Luoyang. This move was not welcomed by all. Antagonism grew between Xiao Wen Di and his sinicized court and those who preferred to cling to the traditional Tuoba tribal ways, and it only increased with further changes calling for the abandonment of Tuoba dress and names. Eventually, under the leadership of Gao Huan ("the Chinese general who had all but become a Tuoba Turk in outlook"), the sinicization-dissenting 'northern garrisons' mutinied and captured Luoyang in 534. "At three days' notice its inhabitants were required to accompany Gao Huan to his own base, the city of Ye...where he declared himself the first Eastern Wei emperor." "During most of the sixth century Ho-pei [Hebei] [was] the heart of an independent state with its capital at Yeh [Ye]...." It remained the capital of the Eastern Wei Dynasty and the Northern Qi Dynasty until it was razed to the ground in 580, after Yang Jian, founder of the Sui Dynasty, defeated a resistance force led by Yuchi Jiong, which used Ye as a base of operations.

Some scholars, such as Ku Chi-kuang believed that Hebei and the region continued to harbour separatist sympathies into the Tang Dynasty; it was the region from which An Lushan launched his rebellion during the reign of the Tang Emperor Xuanzong.

Extensive excavations of the city have been made in recent years, allowing Chinese historians to make detailed plans of the site. In 2012, archaeologists unearthed nearly 3,000 Buddha statues during a dig outside of Ye. Most of the statues are made of white marble and limestone, and could date back to the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynasties (534-577 CE).

Ye (surname)

Ye is the pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname written in traditional character and in simplified character. It is listed 257th in the Song dynasty classic text Hundred Family Surnames, and is the 42nd most common surname in China, with a population of 5.8 million as of 2008.

Ye is also romanized Yeh in Wade-Giles; Yip, Ip, and Jip in Cantonese; Iap, Yap, Yapp, and Yeap in Hakka and Minnan.

Usage examples of "ye".

Saint Kevin if he cud, but mind ye, the blessed saint was so well beknownst to all the counthry, that the divil was afeared to tackle him.

I would not be the ruler, look ye, of such a community, for the hope of becoming Avoyer of Berne itself.

The child, young lady, was not then mortgaged in the cradle, and, mark ye, the bride, when she kneeled at the altar, gave not herself up, body and soul, to be the bondswoman of the Jew, but to be the helpmate of the spouse.

But because it is a crime unto me to say so, and to give no example thereof, know ye, that if you spoyle and cut the haire of any woman or deprive her of the colour of her face, though shee were never so excellent in beauty, though shee were throwne downe from heaven, sprung of the Seas, nourished of the flouds, though shee were Venus her selfe, though shee were waited upon by all the Court of Cupid, though were girded with her beautifull skarfe of Love, and though shee smelled of perfumes and musks, yet if shee appeared bald, shee could in no wise please, no not her owne Vulcanus.

I am here, he willnae come near ye, gin ye dinnae go tae toddling tae him like a silly hawkie tae the slaughter.

Ah used tae hate the cunt when ah wis first-year, but when ye git aulder eh hus mair ay a crack wi ye.

I heard that something ill had happened to ye, but I never jaloused this.

Young Naiades, in what far woodlands wild Wandered ye, when unworthy love possessed Our Gallus?

So I looked, and there I saw the boat and three men walking, and one, whose face I could not see, but a youth of noble form, sleeping in the boat, and so I sent and saved ye.

For on my shield behold and see, Upon field vert, gules falcons three, Surcharged with heart ensanguiney, To prove to one and all of ye, A love-lorn knight am I.

To me, the Instrument, has been given this task, and I have been bidden by the light of my own understanding, and by the aid of Zaac Tepal, Lord of Fair Strength, and of the black guide whom the gods have specially endowed with knowledge of the wilderness stretching around ye, to choose and prepare the road by which ye shall travel, so that ye faint not, and that no mischance happen to obstruct the purpose of Viracocha, delivered through me, his servant.

Gien ever she seek to mak it up wi' ye, my leddy, I wad hae little to say till her, gien I was you.

As thou hast heard, assented here right now To my purpose: Placebo, what say ye?

But ye kindreds of the Markmen, the Wolfing guests are ye, And to-night we hold the high-tide, and great shall the feasting be, For to-day by the road that we know not a many wend their ways To the Gods and the ancient Fathers, and the hope of the latter days.

Magnify ye, then, His station, for behold, He is poised in the midmost heart of the All-Highest Paradise as the embodiment of the praise of God in the Tabernacle wherein His glorification is intoned.