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noun (1)

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


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noun (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
loreal adjective

Examples of lore in a Sentence

Noun (1) the home gardener had acquired her herbal lore from many years of trial and error set out to study the rich lore of the Cajun people of Louisiana before it all vanished
Recent Examples on the Web
The image of Owens – one of 18 Black athletes on the US team – atop the podium and surrounded by individuals giving the Nazi salute has become part of Olympic lore. Ben Morse, CNN, 4 July 2024 If taken to be true, then Neil Stubley, head of courts and horticulture at Wimbledon, is responsible for the battlefield that some of the most epic matches in tennis lore have ever been played on. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 2 July 2024 Walter Scott, the famed Romantic novelist, also had roots in the region and later popularized ballads that further cemented the Borders’ status as a cradle of Scottish lore. Yannic Rack, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2024 Tenacious creatives like Maxine and Pearl and yes, even he and Goth, are now part of Hollywood lore. Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for lore 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lore. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: knowledge sense 1
especially : a particular body of knowledge or tradition
forest lore

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