- a bronze coin of Norway, the 100th part of a krone.
- a zinc or bronze coin of Denmark, the 100th part of a krone.
- a bronze coin of Sweden, the 100th part of a krona.
- a fractional currency of the Faeroe Islands, the 100th part of a krona.
Origin of öre
- a Scandinavian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a Swedish krona and (øre) one hundredth of a Danish and Norwegian krone
- any naturally occurring mineral or aggregate of minerals from which economically important constituents, esp metals, can be extracted
Word Origin and History for öre
12c., merger of Old English ora "ore, unworked metal" (related to ear "earth," cognate with Low German ur "iron-containing ore," Dutch oer, Old Norse aurr "gravel"); and Old English ar "brass, copper, bronze," from Proto-Germanic *ajiz- (cf. Old Norse eir "brass, copper," German ehern "brazen," Gothic aiz "bronze"), from PIE *aus- "gold" (see aureate). The two words were not fully assimilated till 17c.; what emerged has the form of ar but the meaning of ora.
- A naturally occurring mineral or rock from which a valuable or useful substance, especially a metal, can be extracted at a reasonable cost.