Meaning of YOKE in English


I. yoke 1 /jəʊk $ joʊk/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: geoc ]

1 . a wooden bar used for keeping two animals together, especially cattle, when they are pulling heavy loads

2 . a frame that you put across your shoulders so that you can carry two equal loads which hang from either side of it

3 . the yoke of something literary something that restricts your freedom, making life difficult:

the yoke of tradition

4 . a part of a skirt or shirt just below the waist or collar, from which the main piece of material hangs in folds

II. yoke 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to put a yoke on two animals

2 . to closely connect two ideas, people, or things

yoke something to something

Beauty is forever yoked to youth in our culture.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.