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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Y, ywaɪ(n.)(pl.)Ys; Y's, ys; y's.

  1. the 25th letter of the English alphabet, a semivowel.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. any spoken sound represented by this letter.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. something shaped like aY.

  4. a written or printed representation of the letter Y or



  1. the Y, Informal. the YMCA, YWCA, YMHA, or YWHA.

    Category: Chemistry, Informal, Numismatics


  1. Ref: yen1. 1


  1. the 25th in order or in a series.

  2. (sometimes l.c.) Elect. admittance.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  3. Chem. yttrium.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. Biochem. tyrosine.

    Category: Biochemistry

* Symbol..


  1. an unknown quantity or a variable.

    Category: Math

* Math. Symbol..


or i-, 7

  1. a prefix occurring in certain obsolete words (iwis) and esp. in archaic past participles (yclad; yclept).

    Category: Affix

Origin of y-:

ME y-, i- (reduced var. a-), OE ge-, prefix with perfective, intensifying, or collective force; c. OFris, OS ge-, gi-, OHG ga-, gi, Go ga-


or -ey, 1

  1. an adjective-forming suffix meaning “characterized by or inclined to” the substance or action of the word or stem to which the suffix is attached:

    bloody; cloudy; sexy; squeaky.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -y:

OE -ig; c. G -ig


or -ie, 2

  1. a noun-forming suffix, added to monosyllabic bases, occurring in endearing or familiar names or common nouns formed from personal names, other nouns, and adjectives (Billy; Susie; birdie; granny; sweetie; tummy) and in various other usu. informal coinages, sometimes pejorative (boonies; goalie; groupie; Okie; rookie). This suffix also forms from adjectives nouns that denote exemplary or extreme instances of the quality specified (baddie; biggie), sometimes focusi

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare -o 9 , -sy 3 .

Origin of -y:

late ME (Scots)


  1. a suffix of various origins used in the formation of action nouns from verbs (inquiry), and also found in other abstract nouns (infamy).

    Category: Affix

Origin of -y:

repr. L -ia-ia , -ium-ium1; Gk -ia, -eia, -ion; F -ie; G -ie


  1. yard.

  2. year.

    Category: Horology

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yttrium, Y, atomic number 39(noun)

    a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys

  2. Y, y, wye(noun)

    the 25th letter of the Roman alphabet


  1. y(Abbreviation)

    Abbreviation of youth, usually followed by an age appropriate for the content so marked.

  2. y(Abbreviation)


  3. y(Pronoun)

    you; ye.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Y

    y, the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, at the beginning of a word or syllable, except when a prefix (see Y-), is usually a fricative vocal consonant; as a prefix, and usually in the middle or at the end of a syllable, it is a vowel. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 145, 178-9, 272

  2. Y(noun)

    something shaped like the letter Y; a forked piece resembling in form the letter Y

  3. Y(noun)

    one of the forked holders for supporting the telescope of a leveling instrument, or the axis of a theodolite; a wye

  4. Y(noun)

    a forked or bifurcated pipe fitting

  5. Y(noun)

    a portion of track consisting of two diverging tracks connected by a cross track

  6. Y



  1. Y

    Y is the twenty-fifth letter in the ISO basic Latin alphabet and represents either a vowel or a consonant in English.

Translations for y

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


joining two statements, pieces of information etc

I opened the door and went inside; The hat was blue and red; a mother and child.

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