[ air ]
/ ɛər /

preposition, conjunction

Nearby words

  1. ercilla,
  2. erciyas daği,
  3. erckmann-chatrian,
  4. ercp,
  5. erdf,
  6. erebus,
  7. erebus, mount,
  8. erech,
  9. erechim,
  10. erechtheum

Origin of ere

before 900; Middle English; Old English ǣr, ēr (cognate with German ehr), comparative of ār soon, early; cognate with Gothic air. See erst, early

Can be confusedair e'er ere err heir Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ere


/ (ɛə) /

conjunction, preposition

a poetic word for before

Word Origin for ere

Old English ǣr; related to Old Norse ār early, Gothic airis earlier, Old High German ēr earlier, Greek eri early

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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."

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