Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

lucre

play
noun lu·cre \ˈlü-kər\

Simple Definition of lucre

  • : money or profit

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lucre

  1. :  monetary gain :  profit <wrote almost entirely for lucre>; also :  money

Examples of lucre in a sentence

  1. <foreign coins are not acceptable lucre in most vending machines in this country>



Origin and Etymology of lucre

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lucrum; probably akin to Old English lēan reward, Old High German lōn, Greek apolauein to enjoy


First Known Use: 14th century


Learn More about lucre


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lucre? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

at a gallop

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommodate acommadate accomodate accommodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ