yore

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English yore, yoare, yare, ȝore, ȝare, ȝeare, from Old English ġeāra (literally of years), from Proto-Germanic *jērǫ̂, the genitive plural of Proto-Germanic *jērą (year). More at year.

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yore (uncountable)

  1. (poetic) a time long past.
    This word comes from the days of yore.
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Several logistics executives told me that if half-full freight vans from multiple firms kept congesting the streets, the best solution might be for every retailer to use a single firm instead. One delivery service to rule them all – just like the postal service of yore.
    • 1886-88, Burton, Richard Francis, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      In days of yore and times long gone before there was a Sultan of India who begat three sons; the eldest hight Prince Husayn, the second Prince Ali, and the youngest Prince Ahmad; moreover he had a niece, named Princess Nur al-Nihár, the daughter of his cadet brother who, dying early, left his only child under her uncle's charge.

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A fossil; virtually unused outside the phrase of yore, especially the idiom days of yore.

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yore (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) In time long past; long ago.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Which though he hath polluted oft and yore, / Yet I to them for judgment just do fly.

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