[yawr, yohr]


Chiefly Literary. time past: knights of yore.


Obsolete. of old; long ago.

Nearby words

  1. yonnie,
  2. yoo-hoo,
  3. yoof,
  4. yop,
  5. yorba linda,
  6. york,
  7. york boat,
  8. york imperial,
  9. york rite,
  10. york, alvin cullum

Origin of yore

before 900; Middle English; Old English geāra

Can be confusedyore your you're

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British Dictionary definitions for yore



time long past (now only in the phrase of yore)


obsolete in the past; long ago

Word Origin for yore

Old English geāra, genitive plural of gēar year; see hour

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Word Origin and History for yore


Old English geara (adv.) "of yore," originally genitive plural of gear (see year), and used without of.

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