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[yawr, yohr] /yɔr, yoʊr/
Chiefly Literary. time past:
knights of yore.
Obsolete. of old; long ago.
Origin of yore
before 900; Middle English; Old English geāra
Can be confused
yore, your, you're. Unabridged
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  • Another criticism of mainstream journalists of yore was that they had little actual interest in religion.
  • Index of plaques commemorating the capital's remarkable residents of yore.
  • The power-fighting ghetto blaster of yore is reborn.
  • Sedimentary rocks such as sandstone also testify to the quicker days of yore.
  • The droll conference room meeting of yore is a thing of the past.
  • Generally speaking, physicists of yore would come up with a postulate, representing a novel physical reality.
  • Your interlocutor may mistakenly equate today's online degrees with the seedy correspondence courses of yore.
  • Today's tender turkeys take much less time to cook than tougher birds of yore.
  • In days of yore, you'd write them on your arm or on tiny crib sheets.
  • Saints fans of yore wore paper bags to shield them from decades of losing.
British Dictionary definitions for yore


time long past (now only in the phrase of yore)
(obsolete) in the past; long ago
Word Origin
Old English geāra, genitive plural of gēaryear; see hour
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Word Origin and History for yore

Old English geara (adv.) "of yore," originally genitive plural of gear (see year), and used without of.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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