ere

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See also: Ere, ERE, ēre, -ere, -eré, 'ere, and erè

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ere, from Old English ǣr. (adverb, conjunction, & preposition), from Proto-Germanic *airiz comparative of Proto-Germanic *airi (early), from Proto-Indo-European *áyeri (day, morning) (compare Avestan 𐬀𐬫𐬀𐬭 (ayar, day), Gk. ἠέριος (ēérios, at daybreak), see also era). The adverb erstwhile retains the Old English superlative ǣrest (earliest). Cognate to Dutch eer (before, sooner than).

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • yer [15th-16th c.]

Adverb[edit]

ere (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) At an earlier time. [10th-17th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, John I:
      Thys is he of whome I spake, he that commeth after me, was before me be cause he was yer than I.

Preposition[edit]

ere

  1. (poetic, archaic) Before; sooner than.
    • Bible, John iv. 49
      Sir, come down ere my child die.
    • Shakespeare
      Stirring ere the break of day.
    • Dryden
      Ere sails were spread new oceans to explore.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ere (plural eres)

  1. Obsolete form of ear.
    • 1533, R. Saltwood:
      As plesaunt to the ere as the blacke sanctus Of a sad sorte vpon a mery pyn.

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Basque[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

ere

  1. also

Danish[edit]

Verb[edit]

ere

  1. (obsolete) present plural form of være as in "Vi ere" (=we are) or "De ere" (=they are).

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  • Plural verbs were made optional in 1900.

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Dutch[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ere

  1. (archaic) Dative singular form of eer

Verb[edit]

ere

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of eren

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

ere

  1. plural form of era

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

ere

  1. vocative singular of erus

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ere f (plural eres)

  1. Name of the letter r.

Synonyms[edit]

  • erre (generic name for the letter r)

Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ere

  1. dative singular of er