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fere

[feer] /fɪər/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a companion; mate.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English gefēra, derivative of fēran to go; akin to fare, feirie
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British Dictionary definitions for fere

fere

/fɪə; Scottish fiːr/
noun (Scot)
1.
a companion
2.
Also fier. a husband or wife
Word Origin
Old English gefēra, from fēran to travel; see fare
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Word Origin and History for fere
n.

"companion" (obsolete), from Middle English fere, a shortening of Old English gefera "associate, comrade, fellow-disciple; wife, man, servant," from root of faran "to go, travel" (cf. German Gefährte "companion;" see fare (v.)).

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