Ere is defined as before.preposition
An example of ere is saying a person should arrive prior to appetizers being served, ere the serving of the appetizers.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: ME er < OE ær, adv., prep., conj., akin to Ger eher, ehe, orig. compar. as seen in Goth airis, earlier < air, early < IE *aier-, dawn < base *ai-, to burn, shine
- sooner than; rather than
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Origin: Middle English er, from Old English ǣr; see ayer- in Indo-European roots.