preposition, conjunction

before 900; Middle English; Old English ǣr, ēr (cognate with German ehr), comparative of ār soon, early; cognate with Gothic air. See erst, early

air, e'er, ere, err, heir. Unabridged
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ere (ɛə)
conj, —prep
a poetic word for before
[Old English ǣr; related to Old Norse ār early, Gothic airis earlier, Old High German ēr earlier, Greek eri early]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ær (adv., conj., & prep.), from Gmc. *airiz, comp. of *air "early," from PIE *ayer- "day, morning" (cf. Avestan ayar "day," Gk. eerios "at daybreak"). The adv. erstwhile retains the O.E. superl. ærest "earliest."
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Example sentences
Ere the lapse of many weeks, perhaps days, the skating season will be inaugurated.
The names of the vessels are not given, but it is probable that you have them ere this.
The messages in the first three w ere pretty easy, but the fourth threw a few of you.
He must, in fact, calculate on experiencing many such ere his exertions are crowned with triumph.
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