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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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  • To sing praises as Aneurin of yore, The day he sang the Gododin.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • He no longer treated Bongrand in the wheedling, respectful manner of yore.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • They wanted to see their table of yore, on the left hand, right at the back of the room.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • In making speeches he does not speak as boldly, as directly as in days of yore.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • A very good time it was, cattle selling higher than of yore.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
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
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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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