o·yez (ōyĕs′, ōyĕz′, ō′yā) also o·yes (ōyĕs′)
Said loudly three times in succession to call a court to order when the session begins.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman French, hear ye, imperative pl. of oyer, to hear, from Latin audīre; see au- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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