lu·​cre ˈlü-kər How to pronounce lucre (audio)
: monetary gain : profit
wrote almost entirely for lucre
also : money

Examples of lucre in a Sentence

foreign coins are not acceptable lucre in most vending machines in this country
Recent Examples on the Web As professional leagues in many sports started popping up around the world in the 20th century, the Olympics drew a hard line, disqualifying any athletes who were tainted by accepting filthy lucre. Victor Mather, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Medieval Money celebrates the lucre that made the Morgan Library possible. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 18 Jan. 2024 Morton earned his lucre as an enforcer in the drug trade, committing a murder here and there. Sarah Weinman, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 But the increasingly big business of college sports is driven, more than ever, by football’s television lucre. Billy Witz, New York Times, 5 Aug. 2023 And now, thanks to the Biden administration’s move, the United States has taken a clear step back—and opened the door once more for foreign regimes flooding these think tanks with their lucre. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 12 May 2023 Still, these players could be earning much more, if only the schools themselves, who are showering in lucre provided by media-rights contracts, gate receipts, and other sources, were allowed to share revenue with them. Time, 6 June 2023 The industry’s surpassing love of lucre beyond all else doesn’t only infect political coverage. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 Stateless people do not elect officials, enjoy diplomatic representation, or possess the lucre of a corporate lobby. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The New York Review of Books, 17 Dec. 2020

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lucrum; probably akin to Old English lēan reward, Old High German lōn, Greek apolauein to enjoy

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lucre was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lucre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


lu·​cre ˈlü-kər How to pronounce lucre (audio)
: gain in money : profit
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