Main definitions of lore in English

: lore1lore2

lore1

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’
    • ‘These leaders used the wisdom they found during this meeting to begin the tradition of Indian lore at camps.’
    • ‘It is largely secondary knowledge and includes much herbal lore as well as superstition.’
    • ‘Collectors have documented children's lore for centuries, often to record what they considered a dying culture.’
    • ‘Certain parts of the History section are outdated and may therefore conflict with other pieces of lore or stories.’
    • ‘Romanians have a variety of traditions and lore dating back to antiquity.’
    • ‘Body painting, traditional dance and spoken lore are all virtually impossible to safeguard.’
    • ‘I've always been fascinated by Japanese mermaid lore, which is very different from our mermaid stories.’
    • ‘His four books, which ranged over local lore, geology and topography, became standard reading for lovers of the Lake District.’
    • ‘Those innings are now part of the glorious baseball lore of New York and Florida.’
    • ‘She spent mornings there, according to local lore, reviewing proofs of her work.’
    • ‘He considers attitudes to antiquity and to change in general terms, and looks at perceptions of old traditions and proverbial lore.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has been the subject of lore and the object of cravings for centuries.’
    • ‘The rich fairy lore of Ireland is the subject of many oral legends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The folk healers' knowledge of natural resources and lore is an ancient cultural heritage.’
    • ‘In the realm of sea lore, fact or fiction, stories of sea serpents have long held a special place.’
    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

/lɔr//lôr/

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.

    • ‘We determined the sex of birds in the field from the color of the lores (males black, females brown.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

lore

/lɔr//lôr/