Ere Definition

âr
preposition
Previous to; before.
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Before (in time)
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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.
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(poetic, archaic) Before; sooner than.

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conjuntion
Before.
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Sooner than; rather than.
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adverb

(obsolete) At an earlier time. [10th-17th c.]

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noun

Obsolete form of ear..

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anagram
E'er.
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interjection
(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?
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Origin of Ere

  • 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”).

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  • Middle English er from Old English ǣr ayer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From here.

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