noun (1)
\ ˈlȯr How to pronounce lore (audio) \

Definition of lore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a particular body of knowledge or tradition the lore of baseball heroes
2 : something that is learned:
a : traditional knowledge or belief tribal lore
b : knowledge gained through study or experience the lore of religious architecture
3 archaic : something that is taught : lesson


noun (2)

Definition of lore (Entry 2 of 2)

: the space between the eye and bill in a bird or the corresponding region in a reptile or fish usually used in plural dark lores

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Noun (2)

loreal \ ˈlȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce lore (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of lore

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lore

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English lār; akin to Old High German lēra doctrine, Old English leornian to learn

Noun (2)

New Latin lorum, from Latin, thong, rein; akin to Greek eulēra reins

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“Lore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lore. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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: common or traditional knowledge or belief baseball lore

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