- Ere is defined as before.
An example of ere is saying a person should arrive prior to appetizers being served, ere the serving of the appetizers.
ere definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English er ; from Old English ær, adv., preposition , conjunction , akin to German eher, ehe, origin, originally comparative as seen in Gothic airis, earlier ; from air, early ; from Indo-European an unverified form aier-, dawn ; from base an unverified form ai-, to burn, shine
- sooner than; rather than
ere definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English er, from Old English ǣr; see ayer- in Indo-European roots.