- Chiefly Literary. time past: knights of yore.
- Obsolete. of old; long ago.
Origin of yore
before 900; Middle English; Old English geāra
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Examples from the Web for yores
There was a friend of yores in a while ago who seemed to be sort of keepin' tabs on him.
You play like an angel on that mouth harp of yores, Sam, but you talk like a rasp.
I'd have thought them three wives of yores 'ud have taught you the vally of silence.
I thought it was a right smart scheme of yores, the way yuh handled Mort.The Lone Ranger Rides
- time long past (now only in the phrase of yore)
- obsolete in the past; long ago
Old English geāra, genitive plural of gēar year; see hour
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Word Origin and History for yores
Old English geara (adv.) "of yore," originally genitive plural of gear (see year), and used without of.
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