Definition of ere conjunction from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ere

 conjunction,preposition
conjunction, preposition
BrE BrE//eə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//er//
 
(old use or literary)
 
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before Ere long (= soon) they returned. Word Origin Old English ǣr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch eer and German eher.
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