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From Middle English yore, yoare, yare, ȝore, ȝare, ȝeare, from Old English ġeāra (literally of years), from Proto-Germanic *jērǫ̂, the genitive plural of Proto-Germanic *jērą (year). More at year.



yore (uncountable)

  1. (poetic) time long past.
    This word comes from the days of yore.
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      In days of yore and times long gone before there was a Sultan of India who begat three sons; the eldest hight Prince Husayn, the second Prince Ali, and the youngest Prince Ahmad; moreover he had a niece, named Princess Nur al-Nihár, the daughter of his cadet brother who, dying early, left his only child under her uncle's charge.

Usage notesEdit

A fossil; not used outside the phrase of yore, especially the idiom days of yore.



yore (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) In time long past; long ago.
    • Spenser
      Which though he hath polluted oft and yore, / Yet I to them for judgment just do fly.