Where does the word “Oyez” come from and What does Oyez mean in Old French?

Although pronounced “oh yes,” it has no further tie with those two words.

It was an Old French addition to the law courts of England after the Norman conquest.

In the French of the period it was written oiez, from the verb oir, “to hear.”

where does the word oyez come from and what does oyez mean in old french

Used by the court crier at the opening of the court, or by an officer calling for attention to a proclamation, it meant, “Hear ye! Hear! Hear!”

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