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[yawr, yohr] /yɔr, yoʊr/
Chiefly Literary. time past:
knights of yore.
Obsolete. of old; long ago.
Origin of yore
before 900; Middle English; Old English geāra
Can be confused
yore, your, you're. Unabridged
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  • On one subject alone, Maltravers was less eloquent than of yore.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The irons stood ready as of yore for the cups of mulled wine.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • Monsieur de Bourbonne belonged to the species Fossil, and used the language of the days of yore.

    Madame Firmiani Honore de Balzac
  • Or when you fought the mad dog in the street with yore bare hands?

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • Those hooked by my crew were perhaps the tyrrhena pirates "turned into dolphins" in the days of yore.

    Voyage of the Liberdade Captain Joshua Slocum
British Dictionary definitions for yore


time long past (now only in the phrase of yore)
(obsolete) in the past; long ago
Word Origin
Old English geāra, genitive plural of gēaryear; see hour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for yore

Old English geara (adv.) "of yore," originally genitive plural of gear (see year), and used without of.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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