What does ere mean?

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  1. ere(Noun)


  2. ere(Interjection)

    used for emphasis at the beginning of a sentence when expressing an opinion or want.

    u2019Ere, why don't we get some cigarettes?

  3. Origin: Old English ǣr. (adverb, conjunction, & preposition), from airiz comparative of air, from ayer- (compare Avestan 0B000B2B0B000B2D, Gk. ἠέριος, see also era). The adverb erstwhile retains the Old English superlative ærest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ere(adverb)

    before; sooner than

  2. Ere(adverb)

    rather than

  3. Ere(verb)

    to plow. [Obs.] See Ear, v. t

  4. Origin: [AS. r, prep., adv., & conj.; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. r, G. eher, D. eer, Icel. r, Goth. air. 204. Cf. Early, Erst, Or, adv.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ere

    ār, adv. before, sooner.—prep. before.—conj. sooner than.—advs. Erelong′, before long: soon; Erenow′, before this time; Erewhile′, formerly: some time before. [A.S. ǽr; cf. Dut. eer.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ere in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lady Flora Hastings, “Swan Song”:

    Grieve not that I die young. Is it not well To pass away ere life hath lost its brightness?

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.

  3. Samuel Butler:

    If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.

  4. Hindu Poetess:

    Ere need be shown, some men will act, As trees may fruit without a flower; To some you speak with no result, As seeds may die, and yield no grain.

  5. Omar Khayyam:

    Lament not Fortune?s mutability, And seize her fickle favours ere they flee; If others never mourned departed bliss, How should a turn of Fortune come to thee?

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