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Definition of yore 

: time past and especially long past usually used in the phrase of yore

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Examples of yore in a Sentence

my favorite stories are about gallant knights and fair maidens in the days of yore

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Like Brangelina of yore and the most recent on-again off-again Jelena situation, every A-List celebrity couple has been given a custom portmanteau (a.k.a a joint nickname that combines the letters and sounds of two separate names). Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "So, What Do We Call Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson?," 11 June 2018 The overall vibe given off by the initial trailer and poster that this was a throwback to the big-screen disaster movies of yore is made explicit in the retro posters shared by Johnson in the final weeks of the campaign. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Sells Itself as an Action Throwback," 13 July 2018 While watching all of this Liza-Josh drama, the Olivia-Fitz madness of yore is quickly conjured. refinery29.com, "Is Younger Setting The Stage For A Liza-Josh Reunion?," 11 July 2018 How far have these Orioles fallen from the successes of yore? Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Danny Valencia's three-run homer gives Orioles 5-4 win vs. Yankees, ending six-game slide," 9 July 2018 But the weight Michaelson gives to Leo’s Catholicism does, despite this disclaimer, replicates the anti-Catholic conspiracy theories of yore. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Why all the anti-Catholic conspiracy-mongering?," 9 July 2018 President Trump is set to announce his next Supreme Court nominee tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST in a live television event that feels as hyped as a Celebrity Apprentice finale of yore. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Which of Trump’s Potential Supreme Court Nominees Would Be the Worst for Women?," 9 July 2018 And Tyrone and Tandy, the present-day divine pairing, are now heading towards the same kind of disaster the pairings of yore experienced. refinery29.com, "What Is The "Divine Pairing" In Cloak & Dagger?," 6 July 2018 Today my family travels in one car that’s seemingly split among three time zones—adult, teen and child—with none of the interaction of yore. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Save the Great American Family Road Trip," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of yore

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yore

Middle English, from yore, adverb, long ago, from Old English gēara, from gēar year — more at year

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Kids Definition of yore

: time long past I heard stories of yore.

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