An example of ere is saying a person should arrive prior to appetizers being served, ere the serving of the appetizers.
Origin of ereMiddle 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
Origin of ereMiddle English er, from Old English &aemac;r; see ayer- in Indo-European roots.
- (obsolete) At an earlier time. [10th-17th c.]
- ere long
From Middle English ere, from Old English ǣr. (adverb, conjunction, & preposition), from Proto-Germanic *airiz comparative of Proto-Germanic *airi (“early”), from Proto-Indo-European *áyeri (“day, morning”) (compare Avestan (ayar, “day”), Gk. ἠέριος (ēérios, “at daybreak”), see also era). The adverb erstwhile retains the Old English superlative ǣrest (“earliest”).
- Obsolete form of ear..
- (UK, slang) used for emphasis at the beginning of a sentence when expressing an opinion or want.
- ’Ere, why don't we get some cigarettes?