mo·​res | \ ˈmȯr-ˌāz How to pronounce mores (audio) also -(ˌ)ēz \

Definition of mores

1 : the fixed morally binding customs of a particular group have tended to withdraw and develop a self-sufficient society of their own, with distinct and rigid mores— James Stirling
2 : moral attitudes the evershifting mores of the moment— Havelock Ellis
3 : habits, manners organized dancing developed a whole set of mores and practices of its own— R. L. Taylor

First Known Use of mores

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mores

Latin, plural of mor-, mos custom

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The first known use of mores was in 1898

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“Mores.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mores

: the customs, values, and behaviors that are accepted by a particular group, culture, etc.

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