Main definitions of lore in English

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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’
    • ‘I've always been fascinated by Japanese mermaid lore, which is very different from our mermaid stories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has had a front-row seat for the biggest events in modern New York baseball lore.’
    • ‘Certain parts of the History section are outdated and may therefore conflict with other pieces of lore or stories.’
    • ‘They have had the kind of season that is so rare it will go down in the annals of baseball lore.’
    • ‘It has been the subject of lore and the object of cravings for centuries.’
    • ‘His four books, which ranged over local lore, geology and topography, became standard reading for lovers of the Lake District.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She spent mornings there, according to local lore, reviewing proofs of her work.’
    • ‘It is largely secondary knowledge and includes much herbal lore as well as superstition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Romanians have a variety of traditions and lore dating back to antiquity.’
    • ‘Collectors have documented children's lore for centuries, often to record what they considered a dying culture.’
    • ‘The folk healers' knowledge of natural resources and lore is an ancient cultural heritage.’
    • ‘The rich fairy lore of Ireland is the subject of many oral legends.’
    • ‘These leaders used the wisdom they found during this meeting to begin the tradition of Indian lore at camps.’
    • ‘He thought that traditional lore provided them with most of what they would ever need to know.’
    knowledge, learning, wisdom
    mythology, myths, legends, stories, traditions, folklore, culture, beliefs, sayings, superstitions, fantasy, oral tradition
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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

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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.

    • ‘It shared the same yellow lores, median crown stripe, and goatee-like black malar markings.’
    • ‘With some birds, the lores presents the most conspicuous field mark.’
    • ‘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/