[hawr-uh-lohj, -loj, hor-]


any instrument for indicating the time, especially a sundial or an early form of clock.

Origin of horologe

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin hōrologium horologium; replacing Middle English orloge < Middle French < Latin, as above
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Examples from the Web for horologe

Historical Examples of horologe

  • Do you hear the ticking of the horologe of time with each pulsation of your heart?

  • The eyes of the little Doctor seemed rivetted on the horologe.

  • It was the primitive clock, the horologe of the first world.

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

  • "The hour is close at hand, then," said the master, consulting a horologe as large and as round as an orange.

  • “The hour is close at hand, then,” said the master, consulting a horologe as large and as round as a full-grown orange.

    The Watcher

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu

British Dictionary definitions for horologe



a rare word for timepiece

Word Origin for horologe

C14: from Latin hōrologium, from Greek hōrologion, from hōra hour + -logos from legein to tell
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