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werre (countable and uncountable, plural werres)

  1. Obsolete form of war.
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “Capitulum viij”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book V, [London]: [] [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786, leaf 87, recto; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur [], London: Published by David Nutt, [], 1889, OCLC 890162034, lines 11–15, page 173:
      Thenne the batails approuched and ſhoue and ſhowted on bothe ſydes / many men ouerthrowen / hurte / & ſlayn and grete valyaunces / proweſſes and appertyces of werre were that day ſhewed []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for werre in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)





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Etymology 1Edit

From Old English werre, wyrre, from Old Northern French werre, from Frankish *werra, from Proto-Germanic *werrō.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈwɛr(ə)/, /ˈwɛːr(ə)/
  • (Late ME) IPA(key): /war/


werre (plural werres or (rare) werren)

  1. War in general; the practice of fighting between two opposing forces:
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Knight's Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, line 1447:
      And bar him so, in pees and eke in werre []
      And he acted so that, in peace and in war as well, []
    1. A military conflict or war; a conflict between two opposing forces.
    2. A battle; an instance of conflict between two opposing forces or people.
    3. (rare) An uprising or revolution; an attempt to overthrow authorities.
  2. A religious or moral dispute or conflict; a fight with a higher power.
  3. Quarreling, disputation, struggling; lack of harmony.
  4. A joust, tourney or tilting; an equestrian conflict for sport.
  5. (rare) A localised instance of invasion, harassment or intrusion.
  6. (rare) The struggling caused by one's quarry while hunting.
  7. (rare) A combative or quarrelsome attitude.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old French guerrer (to war).



  1. Alternative form of werren