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noun (1)

often attributive
: a naturally occurring mineral containing a valuable constituent (such as metal) for which it is mined and worked
: a source from which valuable matter is extracted


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noun (2)

plural ore
a monetary subunit of the krona (Sweden) and krone see krona, krone at Money Table


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variants or Oreg


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noun (3)

plural øre
: a Danish monetary unit equal to ¹/₁₀₀ krone see krone at Money Table
also : a coin representing one Danish øre

Note: Denmark's Faeroe Islands and Greenland also use an øre.

: a Norwegian monetary unit equal to ¹/₁₀₀ krone see krone at Money Table
also : a coin representing one Norwegian øre

Examples of ore in a Sentence

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The merchant ship was carrying taconite, a low-grade iron ore, the Coast Guard said on X. Half of the ship’s 22-person crew was removed from the vessel after the incident, according to a news release. Fabiana Chaparro, CNN, 9 June 2024 The Chinese plant the company closed made gears and components for mining shovels used for excavating iron ore, copper, and other commodities. Rick Barrett, Journal Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2024 Lula’s campaign has centered to a great extent on nostalgia for the prosperity of the first decade of the twenty-first century, a period that saw Brazil’s economy grow and poverty fall sharply, thanks in part to Chinese demand for the country’s commodities such as soy beans and iron ore. Brian Winter, Foreign Affairs, 20 Oct. 2022 Seek out a more artisanal keepsake at Becky Thatcher Designs, a jeweler known for using Leland bluestones (a byproduct of the iron ore furnaces that operated in the nearby fishing village of Leland until the mid-1880s, which can still be found on area beaches). Stacey Nield Brugeman, New York Times, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ore 

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English or, oor, partly from Old English ōra ore; partly from Old English ār brass; akin to Old High German ēr bronze, Latin aes copper, bronze

Noun (2)

Swedish öre & Danish & Norwegian øre

Noun (3)

Danish & Norwegian, from Latin aureus a gold coin

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1884, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ore. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ˈō(ə)r How to pronounce ore (audio)
: a mineral mined to obtain a substance that it contains
iron ore


2 of 2 noun
plural ore
: a unit of value equal to ¹⁄₁₀₀ krona or ¹⁄₁₀₀ krone


Swedish öre and Danish and Norwegian øre

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