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Examples of hoar in a Sentence

Adjective the hoar and crumbling stones of ruined temples Noun the hoar-covered meadow gleamed in the early-morning sun
Recent Examples on the Web
Surface hoar forms regularly in the Sierra, said Schwartz. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024 The hidden layer of fragile surface hoar, with facets playing a contributing role, is now the failure point for large and unpredictable slabs of snow. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024 There are many different kinds of frost: crystalline (hoar) frost, white frost, black frost, advection frost, and the frost that forms on glass windows, to name a few. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023
But sometimes the crystals grow particularly large, forming hoar frost. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2014 The hoar frost made the trees sparkle as though Earthquake Park were contained in a snow globe. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2022 Furthermore, the clear conditions preceding the storm could have led to the formation of a layer of light, feathery frost, known as surface hoar. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 See More

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Word History



Middle English hor, from Old English hār; akin to Old High German hēr hoary


Middle English hor hoariness, from hor, adjective

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoar was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hoar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoar. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
ˈhō(ə)r How to pronounce hoar (audio)
: hoary


2 of 2 noun
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