• (America) enPR: lôr, IPA: /lɔɹ/
  • (RP) enPR: lô, IPA: /lɔː/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) enPR: lōr, IPA: /lo(ː)ɹ/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /loə/


  1. All the facts and traditions about a particular subject that have been accumulated over time through education or experience.
    the lore of the Ancient Egyptians
    • 1590-96, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
      He to them calles and speakes, yet nought avayles;
      They heare him not, they have forgot his lore
      But go which way they list; their guide they have forelore.
  2. The backstory created around a fictional universe.
  3. (obsolete) Workmanship.
    • 1590-96, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
      In her right hand a rod of peace shee bore,
      About the which two serpents weren wound;
      Entrayled mutually in lovely lore,
      And by the tailes together firmely bound […]
Translations Translations Noun

lore (plural lores)

  1. (anatomy) The region between the eyes and nostrils of birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
  2. (anatomy) The anterior portion of the cheeks of insects.
  1. (obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of lose
  2. (obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of lose, used in the sense of "left"
    • Neither of them she found where she them lore.

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