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ere

preposition \ ˈer \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of ere

old-fashioned + literary
: preceding in time : earlier than : 2before 2
  • ere nightfall
  • 'The wind is north from the snows,' said Aragorn. 'And ere morning it will be in the East,' said Legolas.
  • —J. R. R. Tolkien

Examples of ere in a Sentence

  1. an old typewriter that was a relic of that ancient time ere the invention of word processors

Origin and Etymology of ere

Middle English er, from Old English ǣr, from ǣr, adverb, early, soon; akin to Old High German ēr earlier, Greek ēri early

ere Synonyms

Antonyms

after, following;

Near Antonyms

next, next to, since;

Related Words

till, until, up to;

Phrases

in advance of;


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ere

conjunction

Definition of ere

old-fashioned + literary
: 3before
  • "Rumor has it that there will be a wedding in our village ere the daisies are in bloom. … "
  • —Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • I was scarcely in position ere my enemies began to arrive …
  • —Robert Louis Stevenson

First Known Use of ere

before 12th century

in the meaning defined above

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ERE Defined for Kids

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ere

preposition \ ˈer \

Definition of ere for Students

: 2before 2
  • “… we shall hear more of them ere long.”
  • —Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

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ere

conjunction

Definition of ere for Students

: 3before 4
  • … here he muses for a time … ere he departs.
  • —Jack London, The Call of the Wild


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