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See also: Lore, łore, lóre, and lòre



Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lore, from Old English lār, from West Germanic *lairu, from Proto-Germanic *laizō, from *laizijaną (to teach). Cognate with Dutch leer, German Lehre. See also learn.


lore (countable and uncountable, plural lores)

  1. all the facts and traditions about a particular subject that have been accumulated over time through education or experience.
    the lore of the Ancient Egyptians
    • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen
      He to them calles and speakes, yet nought avayles;
      They heare him not, they have forgot his lore
      But go which way they list; their guide they have forelore.
  2. The backstory created around a fictional universe.
  3. (obsolete) workmanship
    • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen
      In her right hand a rod of peace shee bore,
      About the which two serpents weren wound;
      Entrayled mutually in lovely lore,
      And by the tailes together firmely bound...
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin lorum (thong, strap)


lore (plural lores)

  1. (anatomy) The region between the eyes and nostrils of birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
  2. (anatomy) The anterior portion of the cheeks of insects.
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Etymology 3[edit]



  1. (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of lose
  2. (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of lose, used in the sense of "left"
    • Edmund Spenser
      Neither of them she found where she them lore.




From Latin flos, florem.



  1. flower




From lor (at the time of, at the same time as) +‎ -e (adverb).


  • IPA(key): /ˈlo.re/, /ˈlɔ.ɾɛ/



  1. (demonstrative adverb) then, at the time
    Ilu forsis la chefa pordo, iris trans la longa vestibulo e lore apertis la pordo dil koqueyo.
    He forced the main door, went through the long hall, and then opened the door of the kitchen.

Related terms[edit]

  • lora (then, now)

See also[edit]

  • ita (that (person))
  • ito (that (thing))
  • iti (that (plural))
  • pro ito (therefore)
  • ibe (there)
  • tala (such kind of)
  • tanta (so much)

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Old English lār.



  1. lore
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, pages 40–41
      And I seide, “Ser, in his tyme maister Ioon Wiclef was holden of ful many men the grettis clerk that thei knewen lyuynge vpon erthe. And therwith he was named, as I gesse worthili, a passing reuli man and an innocent in al his lyuynge. And herfore grete men of kunnynge and other also drowen myche to him, and comownede ofte with him. And thei sauouriden so his loore that thei wroten it bisili and enforsiden hem to rulen hem theraftir… Maister Ion Aston taughte and wroot acordingli and ful bisili, where and whanne and to whom he myghte, and he vsid it himsilf, I gesse, right perfyghtli vnto his lyues eende. Also Filip of Repintoun whilis he was a chanoun of Leycetre, Nycol Herforde, dane Geffrey of Pikeringe, monke of Biland and a maistir dyuynyte, and Ioon Purueye, and manye other whiche weren holden rightwise men and prudent, taughten and wroten bisili this forseide lore of Wiclef, and conformeden hem therto. And with alle these men I was ofte homli and I comownede with hem long tyme and fele, and so bifore alle othir men I chees wilfulli to be enformed bi hem and of hem, and speciali of Wiclef himsilf, as of the moost vertuous and goodlich wise man that I herde of owhere either knew. And herfore of Wicleef speciali and of these men I toke the lore whiche I haue taughte and purpose to lyue aftir, if God wole, to my lyues ende.”




lore m (possessive, plural)

  1. theirs