Origin of ere
Examples from the Web for ere
Three times,” he says angrily, “thou shalt betray me ere the cock crows.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
“We must call Kit into counsel, ere we can do that fully,” said Stephen.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
But just ere the silent became unendurable, a thought appeared in the void.
The boy was sickly: he might be taken from him ere he had made any true acquaintance with him!
Ere the door was opened Hester had got down and stood waiting.
But ere she was six slow steps away, she turned at a cry from her mother.
- a poetic word for before
Word Origin and History for ere
c.1200, from Old English ær (adv., conj., & prep.) "soon, before (in time)," from Proto-Germanic *airiz, comparative of *air "early" (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German er, Dutch eer; German eher "earlier;" Old Norse ar "early;" Gothic air "early," airis "earlier"), from PIE *ayer- "day, morning" (cf. Avestan ayar "day;" Greek eerios "at daybreak," ariston "breakfast"). The adverb erstwhile retains the Old English superlative ærest "earliest."