ye1 [thə, thi, thē; ] now often erroneously or facetiously [ yē]
adj., definite article
archaic var. of THE: y was substituted by early printers for the thorn (þ), the Old and Middle English character representing the sound (th) or (th): sometimes written “ye: ”
ye2 [yē]
[ME < OE ge, ye, nom. pl. corresponding to thu, thou, akin to Goth jus, but with vowel modified after we (see WE): for IE base see YOU]
Archaic YOU: first used only as nominative plural, later as nominative singular, and still later, esp. in dialectal speech, as objective singular and plural

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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