Humanities › English Yoke and Yolk Share Flipboard Email Print (Andrew Unangst/Getty Images) English English Grammar An Introduction to Punctuation Writing By Richard Nordquist English and Rhetoric Professor Ph.D., Rhetoric and English, University of Georgia M.A., Modern English and American Literature, University of Leicester B.A., English, State University of New York Dr. Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. our editorial process Richard Nordquist Updated January 14, 2020 The words yoke and yolk are homophones (or near-homophones): words that sound alike but have different meanings. Definitions The noun yoke refers to bondage, servitude, or something that binds or connects (people, animals, ideas, or things). As a verb, yoke means to join together. The noun yolk refers to the yellow part of an egg. Examples During the 1960s, many territories in Africa and Asia emerged as new nations, freed from the yoke of colonialism.Priam told his sons to yoke the mules to the wagon, while he went to the chamber paneled with fragrant cedar-wood."Joseph watched as bright yellow yolk dripped off the vibrant-pink processed meat product onto Wilson's T-shirt."(Mark Haskell Smith, Delicious. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005)"From the two gritty windows a listless whitish light fell upon the stained green wallpaper with its yolk-colored floral design."(Fred Chappell, Moments of Light. Boson, 1996) Practice (a) "[T]he lead boys ran to _____ the oxen in pairs and bring them in from the veld where they had been grazing."(Wilbur Smith, Blue Horizon. St. Martin's Press, 2003)(b) The _____ contains most of the known vitamins, with the exception of vitamin C.(c) Dame Gillian Beer urged women writers to free themselves from the _____ of romantic obsession. Answers to Practice Questions (a) "[T]he lead boys ran to yoke the oxen in pairs and bring them in from the veld where they had been grazing."(Wilbur Smith, Blue Horizon. St. Martin's Press, 2003)(b) The yolk contains most of the known vitamins, with the exception of vitamin C.(c) Dame Gillian Beer urged women writers to free themselves from the yoke of romantic obsession.