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Middle EnglishEdit


From Old English ġe- (perfective and associative prefix), from Proto-Germanic *ga-.



  1. Alternative form of y-, a common Middle English prefix

Usage notesEdit

  • Often confused with Middle English words þe (the) or ye due to typographic variation.
  • ȝe- / y- is pronounced /ɪ/, consistent with the Old English pronunciation of ge- as /je/, /jə/
  • In Middle English, ye is pronounced /ðiː, ðə/ and is effectively an alternate spelling of the.