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Webster 1913 Edition


Ere

Ere

(ār or âr; 277)
,
p
rep.
&
adv.
[AS.
ǣr
, prep., adv., & conj.; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG.
ēr
, G.
eher
, D.
eer
, Icel.
ār
, Goth.
air
. √204. Cf.
Early
,
Erst
,
Or
,
adv.
]
1.
Before; sooner than.
[Archaic or Poetic]
Myself was stirring
ere
the break of day.
Shakespeare
Ere
sails were spread new oceans to explore.
Dryden.
Sir, come down
ere
my child die.
John iv. 49.
2.
Rather than.
I will be thrown into Etna, . . .
ere
I will leave her.
Shakespeare
Ere long
,
before, shortly.
Shak.
Ere now
,
formerly, heretofore.
Shak.
Ere that
, and
Or are
.
Same as
Ere
.
Shak.

Ere

,
Verb.
T.
To plow.
[Obs.]
See
Ear
,
Verb.
T.
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ere

ERE

,
adv.
Before; sooner than.
Ere sails were spread new oceans to explore.
The nobleman saith to him, Sir, come down ere my child die. John 4.
In these passages, ere is really a preposition, followed by a sentence, instead of a single word, as below.

ERE

, prep. Before.
Our fruitful Nile
Flow'd ere the wonted season.

Definition 2021


ère

ère

See also: ere, -ère, and -ere

French

Noun

ère f (plural ères)

  1. era (all meanings)