- 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.
Origin: Middle English er ; from Old English ær, adv., preposition , conjunction , akin to German eher, ehe, origin, originally comparative as seen inch(es) 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
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Origin: Middle English er, from Old English ǣr; see ayer- in Indo-European roots.