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Yea \Yea\ (y[=a] or y[=e]; 277), adv. [OE. ye, ya, [yogh]e, [yogh]a, AS. ge['a]; akin to OFries. g[=e], i[=e], OS., D., OHG., G., Dan. & Sw. ja, Icel, j[=a], Goth. ja, jai, and probably to Gr. "h^ truly, verily. [root]188. Cf. Yes.]

  1. Yes; ay; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative, or an affirmative answer to a question, now superseded by yes. See Yes.

    Let your communication be yea, yea; nay, nay.
    --Matt. v. 37.

  2. More than this; not only so, but; -- used to mark the addition of a more specific or more emphatic clause. Cf. Nay, adv., 2. I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. --Phil. i. 18. Note: Yea sometimes introduces a clause, with the sense of indeed, verily, truly. ``Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'' --Gen. iii.


Yea \Yea\, n. An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative; as, a vote by yeas and nays.

Note: In the Scriptures, yea is used as a sign of certainty or stability. ``All the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen.''
--2 Cor. i. 20.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English gea (West Saxon), ge (Anglian) "so, yes," from Proto-Germanic *ja-, *jai-, a word of affirmation (cognates: German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish ja), from PIE *yam-, from pronomial stem *i- (see yon). As a noun, "affirmation, affirmative vote," from early 13c.


adv. 1 (context dated English) yes 2 thus, so (now often accompanied by a hand gesture) conj. (context archaic English) or even, or more like, nay. Introduces a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one. interj. 1 (context in some dialects of American English, including Southern, Western, and African American Vernacular English) yeah, right, yes 2 (misspelling of yay English) 3 alternative form of yeah n. An affirmative vote, usually but not always spoken

  1. n. an affirmative; "The yeas have it" [ant: nay]

  2. adv. not only so, but; "I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice" [syn: yeah]


Yea, Ye-A, YEA, or yea may refer to:

  • An archaic form of yes, the opposite of nay.


  • Yea, Victoria, a town in Australia
  • Yea River, Victoria, Australia
  • Shire of Yea, Victoria, Australia, a former local government area


  • Lacy Walter Giles Yea (1808–1855), British Army colonel who distinguished himself in the Crimean War
  • Philip Yea (born 1954), British businessman and investor
  • Three Yea baronets (title now extinct):
    • Sir William Yea, 1st Baronet (died 1806)
    • Sir William Walter Yea, 2nd Baronet (1784–1862)
    • Sir Henry Lacy Yea, 3rd Baronet (1798–1864)

Other uses:

  • IATA airport code for all airports serving Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Edmonton International Airport and Edmonton City Centre Airport
  • yea, ISO 639-3 code for the Ravula language, spoken in Karnataka, India

Usage examples of "yea".

I have here in my gourd A draught of wine, yea, of a ripe grape, And right anon ye shall see a good jape.

I have been a fiend when I thought myself the grandest of men, yea, a very avenging angel out of heaven.

Nevertheless as the words were out of his mouth his thought went back to the tall man whom he had first met at the churchyard gate of Netherton, and it seemed to him that he wished his thriving, yea, and in a lesser way, he wished the same to Roger of the Rope-walk, whereas he deemed that both of these, each in his own way, had been true to the lady whom he had lost.

When the Journal of either House is put in evidence for the purpose of determining whether the yeas and nays, were ordered, and what the vote was on any particular question, the Journal must be presumed to show the truth, and a statement therein that a quorum was present, though not disclosed by the yeas and nays, is final.

I told you before, how that these Diabolonian doubters turned the men of Mansoul out of their beds, and now I will add, they wounded them, they mauled them, yea, and almost brained many of them.

This amendment, emancipating Slaves employed by their masters to aid Rebellion, was adopted by 33 yeas to 6 nays.

Yea, standest smiling in thy future grave, Serene and brave, With unremitting breath Inhaling life from death, Thine epitaph writ fair in fruitage eloquent, Thyself thy monument.

Store into Departments, of Ironmongery, Corsetry, Modes and others After their Kind, and Created Humans to fill them with All Things saying, Yea, All Things Are Here.

Yea, I would pat the fat little fellow on the head, and, when the humour seized me, would show him my hoard of gold mohurs, even jingle before him a bag of silver rupees, or ask his opinion on the colour and quality of some gem, speaking words of foolishness the while, like a child playing with a toy.

So, with your silences purfling this silence of man While his cry to the dead for some knowledge is under the ban, Under the ban, -- So, ye have wrought me Designs on the night of our knowledge, -- yea, ye have taught me, So, That haply we know somewhat more than we know.

Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again and is now at the right hand of God.

So shall that name be syllabled anew In all the tongues of all the tribes of men: I that have been through immemorial Years Dust in the dust of my forgotten time Shall live in accents shaped of blood-warm breath, Yea, rise in mortal semblance, newly born In shining stone, in undecaying bronze, And stand on high, and look serenely down On the new race that calls the earth its own.

Before the Court, Yea, Arthur, before God, with brimming tears, For that my heart is broken that my king Should deal dishonourably with a maid I loved with passing worship, once again I do impeach thee of unknightly shame.

From the oil of the holy Ampulla the King would derive a splendour, a majesty which would impress the whole of France, yea, even the whole of Christendom.

And all the blissful while The schoolboy satchel at your hip Was such a bulse of gems as should amaze Grey-whiskered chapmen drawn From over Caspian: yea, the Chief Jewellers Of Tartary and the bazaars, Seething with traffic, of enormous Ind.