[yawr, yohr]


Chiefly Literary. time past: knights of yore.


Obsolete. of old; long ago.

Origin of yore

before 900; Middle English; Old English geāra
Can be confusedyore your you're
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Related Words for yore

history, yesteryear, yesterday, antiquity, yore

Examples from the Web for yore

Contemporary Examples of yore

Historical Examples of yore

  • To sing praises as Aneurin of yore, The day he sang the Gododin.

    Y Gododin


  • They wanted to see their table of yore, on the left hand, right at the back of the room.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • He no longer treated Bongrand in the wheedling, respectful manner of yore.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • In making speeches he does not speak as boldly, as directly as in days of yore.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • A very good time it was, cattle selling higher than of yore.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

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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