Main definitions of lore in English

: lore1lore2

lore1

noun

mass noun
  • A body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth.

    ‘the jinns of Arabian lore’
    ‘baseball lore’
    • ‘It has been the subject of lore and the object of cravings for centuries.’
    • ‘The folk healers' knowledge of natural resources and lore is an ancient cultural heritage.’
    • ‘She spent mornings there, according to local lore, reviewing proofs of her work.’
    • ‘He has had a front-row seat for the biggest events in modern New York baseball lore.’
    • ‘They have had the kind of season that is so rare it will go down in the annals of baseball lore.’
    • ‘He thought that traditional lore provided them with most of what they would ever need to know.’
    • ‘We owe it to the younger generation to pass on the vast lore, knowledge and expertise and let them know the heritage of the county.’
    • ‘Body painting, traditional dance and spoken lore are all virtually impossible to safeguard.’
    • ‘He considers attitudes to antiquity and to change in general terms, and looks at perceptions of old traditions and proverbial lore.’
    • ‘Collectors have documented children's lore for centuries, often to record what they considered a dying culture.’
    • ‘These leaders used the wisdom they found during this meeting to begin the tradition of Indian lore at camps.’
    • ‘The rich fairy lore of Ireland is the subject of many oral legends.’
    • ‘Certain parts of the History section are outdated and may therefore conflict with other pieces of lore or stories.’
    • ‘This lore was passed on by my mother who had spent many of her childhood holidays on the same beaches, as had her mother before.’
    • ‘Those innings are now part of the glorious baseball lore of New York and Florida.’
    • ‘In the realm of sea lore, fact or fiction, stories of sea serpents have long held a special place.’
    • ‘Romanians have a variety of traditions and lore dating back to antiquity.’
    • ‘It is largely secondary knowledge and includes much herbal lore as well as superstition.’
    • ‘His four books, which ranged over local lore, geology and topography, became standard reading for lovers of the Lake District.’
    • ‘I've always been fascinated by Japanese mermaid lore, which is very different from our mermaid stories.’
    mythology, myths, legends, stories, traditions, folklore, culture, beliefs, sayings, superstitions, fantasy, oral tradition
    knowledge, learning, wisdom
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Origin

Old English lār ‘instruction’, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch leer, German Lehre, also to learn.

Pronunciation

lore

/lɔː/

Main definitions of lore in English

: lore1lore2

lore2

noun

Zoology
  • The surface on each side of a bird's head between the eye and the upper base of the beak, or between the eye and nostril in snakes.

    • ‘With some birds, the lores presents the most conspicuous field mark.’
    • ‘It shared the same yellow lores, median crown stripe, and goatee-like black malar markings.’
    • ‘We determined the sex of birds in the field from the color of the lores (males black, females brown.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin lorum ‘strap’.

Pronunciation

lore

/lɔː/