monetary reward or gain; money.

Origin of lucre

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lucrum profit; akin to Old English lēan reward, German Lohn, Gothic, Old Norse laun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lucre

Contemporary Examples of lucre

Historical Examples of lucre

  • Other causes are added to lucre, or are the consequences of it.

  • Here are our instruments of deception, our poisoned 75 sources of lucre.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • The professor does not practice this art for the lucre of gain, but he understands it in detail.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • Spain would have the princess Lucre, in despite of Holland and all the Jews.

  • It is a work of love, not of lucre; and, as such, is commended to the brotherhood.

British Dictionary definitions for lucre



usually facetious money or wealth (esp in the phrase filthy lucre)

Word Origin for lucre

C14: from Latin lūcrum gain; related to Old English lēan reward, German Lohn wages
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Word Origin and History for lucre

late 14c., from Latin lucrum "gain, advantage, profit; wealth, riches," from PIE root *lau- "gain, profit" (cf. Greek apo-lanein "to enjoy," Gothic launs, German lohn "wages, reward," and possibly Sanskrit lotam, lotram "booty"). Filthy lucre (Tit. i:11) is Tyndale's rendering of Greek aischron kerdos.

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