1a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plough or cart that they are to pull. used to refer to something regarded as oppressive or restrictive:the yoke of imperialism (in ancient Rome) an arch of three spears representing a yoke, under which a defeated army was made to march. (plural same or yokes) a pair of animals yoked together:a yoke of oxen archaic the amount of land that one pair of oxen could plough in a day. 2a part of a garment that fits over the shoulders and to which the main part of the garment is attached: the pinafore fell amply from a short yoke 3a frame fitting over the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying pails or baskets. 4the crossbar of a rudder. a bar of soft iron between the poles of an electromagnet.
chiefly North American a control lever in an aircraft.
put a yoke on (a pair of animals); couple or attach with or to a yoke:a plough drawn by a camel and donkey yoked together cause (two people or things) to be joined in a close relationship:Hong Kong’s dollar has been yoked to America’s