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

Examples of yore in a Sentence

my favorite stories are about gallant knights and fair maidens in the days of yore
Recent Examples on the Web Lost tapes, warped vinyl records, and scratched CDs have historically been the relics of hip-hop yore. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2023 Although there is no way to know why these ancient people were consuming such powerful drugs, Ms. Guerra-Doce noted that the boxes featured patterns that present-day humans might interpret as psychedelic inspired — a series of concentric circles suggesting the hypnotic bull’s-eye drawings of yore. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 Like the Arianators or Lambs of yore, what should the Jeff heads call themselves? Vulture, 4 Apr. 2023 Head here to get his reviews, including a dog that delivered in the clutch, like the Miggy of yore, and a taco that failed to, like the … y’know what, nevermind. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2023 And like the Vanderbilts of yore, the Ambanis don’t seem to give a hoot. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, 2 Apr. 2023 Guests could also peruse the booths that sold toys and VHS tapes, get a Furby tattoo or put on a disposable coverall and have neon green slime splashed over their heads like the Nickelodeon stars of yore. Madeleine Aggeler, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2023 Fast-forward half a century and a new architectural renaissance is sweeping Lagos, one that eschews the hodgepodge styles of yore for a minimalism embedded with a distinctly Nigerian twist. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 31 Mar. 2023 But if the opera is turned into an irrelevant period drama of yore, can even Mozart’s sublime music pull us through? Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yore was in the 14th century

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“Yore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yore. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈyō(ə)r How to pronounce yore (audio)
: time long past
usually used in the phrase of yore

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