1. Yes; ay; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative, or an affirmative answer to a question, now superseded by yes. See Yes. Let your communication be yea, yea; nay, nay. (Matt. V. 37)
2. More than this; not only so, but; used to mark the addition of a more specific or more emphatic clause. Cf. Nay. I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. (Phil. I. 18)
Yea sometimes introduces a clause, with the sense of indeed, verily, truly. Yea, hath god said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Origin: OE. Ye, ya, ye, ya, AS. Gea; akin to OFries. Ge, i.e., OS, D, OHG, G, Dan. & Sw. Ja, Icel, ja, Goth. Ja, jai, and probably to Gr. h^ truly, verily. Cf. Yes.