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[lawr-uh-mer] /ˈlɔr ə mər/
a craftsperson who makes hardware for harnesses and riding habits, as bits or spurs.
Also, loriner
[lawr-uh-ner] /ˈlɔr ə nər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of lorimer
1175-1225; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French lor(e)mier, lorenier, derivative of lorain harness strap < Vulgar Latin *lōrāmen, for Latin lōrāmentum strap, equivalent to lōr(um) strap, thong + -ā- generalized from v. derivatives + -mentum -ment; see -er2, -ier2 Unabridged
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  • "Of course it is," agreed lorimer, who just then sauntered in from his cabin.

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  • Mr. lorimer is a good fellow, even if he has been a little fast.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • lorimer looked at him with a sudden tenderness in his blue eyes.

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  • It was the evening of the twentieth, and lorimer was distinctly nervous.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • lorimer is one of the most lovable fellows in the world, generous and loyal; but he is weak.

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  • It had been a new phase of lorimer's character which Thayer had presented.

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  • During the mornings while Thayer was practising, lorimer and Beatrix idled away the hours together.

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  • Beatrix had greeted lorimer more eagerly than she had been aware.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Mr. lorimer,” he said, “will you be kind enough to explain why you are cutting my timber without permission?

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • lorimer nodded contentedly at the stage, as Thayer ended his song.

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British Dictionary definitions for lorimer


(Brit) (formerly) a person who made bits, spurs, and other small metal objects
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from lorain harness strap, ultimately from Latin lōrum strap
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Word Origin and History for lorimer

c.1200 (mid-12c. as surname), "maker of bits for bridles and saddles, worker in small ironware," from Old French loremier "saddler, harness-maker, military leatherworker" (Modern French lormier), from loraim, from Latin lorum "strap, thong, rein of a bridle," from PIE root *wel- "to turn" (see volvox).

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