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[kawr-ee, kohr-ee; kawr-ey, kohr-ey]
noun, plural ko·rai [kawr-ahy, kohr-ahy] /ˈkɔr aɪ, ˈkoʊr aɪ/.
  1. Greek Antiquity. a sculptured representation of a young woman, especially one produced prior to the 5th century b.c.
  2. Also Core, Cora. (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. Persephone, especially as a symbol of virginity.
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Origin of kore

First recorded in 1915–20, kore is from the Greek word kórē girl
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Examples from the Web for kore

Historical Examples

  • But he escaped, and the Swiss congratulated each other heartily (kore).

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

    Ivy Kellerman Reed

  • Teak (p. 054) and Kore, two bosom chums, marched on the other side of the road.

    The Red Horizon

    Patrick MacGill

  • "We wouldn't do it," said Kore, who was of a rather religious turn of mind.

    The Red Horizon

    Patrick MacGill

  • "Kore was shot at Moabit Prison this morning," she said in a low voice.

    The Man with the Clubfoot

    Valentine Williams

  • As the Kore is the representative of vegetable life, so Hestia stands in general for the indoor life, the family.

Word Origin and History for kore


in Greek mythology, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, also called Persephone in her aspect as Hades's wife, from Greek kore "maiden" (see crescent).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper