Definition of ere in English:


preposition & conjunction

literary, archaic
  • Before (in time)

    as preposition ‘we hope you will return ere long’
    • ‘Henri reluctantly agreed, wanting to return to his home ere it was evening, and urged his sister to hurry.’
    • ‘He stopped, but ere long, he continued to tap the carriage floor with the heels of his polished black shoes.’
    • ‘We do love the places we come from, and we ‘love that well which [we] must leave ere long.’’
    • ‘But the stream will ere long be left the clearer for that.’
    • ‘Being in daily touch with a lot of abattoirs, I feel that the supplies of cattle are starting to dwindle and that demand will improve ere long.’
    • ‘You'll be hearing the Brockovich name around the place ere long.’


Old English ǣr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch eer and German eher.