Obsolete form of ear..
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”).
Middle English er from Old English ǣr ayer- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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