[ loo-ker ]
/ ˈlu kər /


monetary reward or gain; money.

Nearby words

  1. lucky,
  2. lucky country,
  3. lucky dip,
  4. lucrative,
  5. lucratively,
  6. lucrece,
  7. lucretia,
  8. lucretius,
  9. lucrezia borgia,
  10. lucubrate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for lucre


/ (ˈluːkə) /


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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