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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

Recent Examples on the Web
The nearby town of Redruth served as the beating heart of the copper business where smelters bid for copper ore. Corinne Fowler / Made By History, TIME, 17 June 2024 The last ore production with more than 20% manganese stopped in 1970, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 22 May 2024 The most climate-polluting part, however, is turning this iron ore into steel. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 23 June 2024 When operating in the 1980s, mined ore was sufficiently high grade to justify being flown to Idaho for processing. Kansas City Star, 20 June 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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“Ore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ore. Accessed 15 Jul. 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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