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Definition of ere 

(Entry 1 of 2)

old-fashioned + literary

: preceding in time : earlier than : before entry 2 sense 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

Definition of ere (Entry 2 of 2)

old-fashioned + literary

: before entry 3 "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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ere

Synonyms: Preposition

afore [chiefly dialect], ahead of, before, fore (also 'fore) [chiefly dialect], of, previous to, prior to, to

Antonyms: Preposition

after, following

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Examples of ere in a Sentence

Preposition

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

First Known Use of ere

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ere

Preposition

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

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The first known use of ere was before the 12th century

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Kids Definition of ere

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Kids Definition of ere (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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