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Ur

[ ur, oor ]
/ ɜr, ʊər /
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noun

an ancient Sumerian city on the Euphrates, in S Iraq: extensive excavations, especially of royal tombs.

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Definition for Ur (2 of 4)

ur-1

variant of uro-1: uranalysis.

Definition for Ur (3 of 4)

ur-2

variant of uro-2 before a vowel: urite.

Definition for Ur (4 of 4)

ur-3

(sometimes initial capital letter)

a combining form meaning “earliest, original,” used in words denoting the primal stage of a historical or cultural entity or phenomenon: ur-civilization; urtext.

Origin of ur-

3
<German ur-,Middle High German, Old High German; cognate with Old English or-
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British Dictionary definitions for Ur (1 of 4)

Ur
/ (ɜː) /

noun

an ancient city of Sumer located on a former channel of the Euphrates

British Dictionary definitions for Ur (2 of 4)

UR
/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

you are
your

British Dictionary definitions for Ur (3 of 4)

ur-

combining form

a variant of uro- 1, uro- 2

British Dictionary definitions for Ur (4 of 4)

Ur-

combining form

original, primitiveUrsprache

Word Origin for Ur-

German
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Medical definitions for Ur

ur-

pref.

Variant ofuro-
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