Meaning of ORE in English



Pronunciation: ' o ̇ r

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English or, oor, partly from Old English ō ra ore; partly from Old English ā r brass; akin to Old High German ē r bronze, Latin aes copper, bronze

Date: before 12th century

1 : a naturally occurring mineral containing a valuable constituent (as metal) for which it is mined and worked

2 : a source from which valuable matter is extracted

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.