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Meaning of YES

Pronunciation:  yes

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an affirmative; "I was hoping for a yes"

YES is a 3 letter word that starts with Y.


 Antonyms: no
 See Also: affirmative



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Yes\, adv. [OE. yis, [yogh]is, [yogh]es, [yogh]ise, AS.
gese, gise; probably fr. ge['a] yea + sw[=a] so. [root]188.
See {Yea}, and {So}.]
Ay; yea; -- a word which expresses affirmation or consent; --
opposed to {no}.

Note: Yes is used, like yea, to enforce, by repetition or
      addition, something which precedes; as, you have done
      all this -- yes, you have done more. ``Yes, you despise
      the man books confined.'' --Pope.

Note: ``The fine distinction between `yea' and `yes,' `nay'
      and `no,' that once existed in English, has quite
      disappeared. `Yea' and `nay' in Wyclif's time, and a
      good deal later, were the answers to questions framed
      in the affirmative. `Will he come?' To this it would
      have been replied, `Yea' or `Nay', as the case might
      be. But, `Will he not come?' To this the answer would
      have been `Yes' or `No.' Sir Thomas More finds fault
      with Tyndale, that in his translation of the Bible he
      had not observed this distinction, which was evidently
      therefore going out even then, that is, in the reign of
      Henry VIII.; and shortly after it was quite
      forgotten.'' --Trench.