noun (1), often attributive
\ ˈȯr How to pronounce ore (audio) \

Definition of ore

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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


noun (2)
\ ˈər-ə How to pronounce ore (audio) \
plural ore

Definition of ore (Entry 2 of 4)

a monetary subunit of the krona (Sweden) and krone — see krona, krone at Money Table
variants: or Oreg

Definition of Ore (Entry 3 of 4)



noun (3)
\ ˈər-ə How to pronounce øre (audio) \
plural øre

Definition of øre (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : 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.

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

First Known Use of ore

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ore

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

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“Ore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ore. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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\ ˈȯr How to pronounce ore (audio) \

Kids Definition of ore

: a mineral mined to obtain a substance (as gold) that it contains

Ore., Oreg.


Kids Definition of Ore.


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