ore1 (c.1155)

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ore1 (c.1155)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  ora n.1; MED: ; DMLBS: 2042a ora 2 ]
M.E.; Scandinavian

Although ultimately going back to the Latin word for ‘gold’, aureus, the term existed independently as a Danish loanword (from Old Norse øyrir) first in Old English ōran and then here in Anglo-Norman. Surprisingly, it is not attested in Middle English, and only resurfaces in English, according to the OED, in the early seventeenth century. The word continued to exist as a currency in Norwegian and Danish øre.


1curr.hist.finan.monetary unit introduced by the Danes and used in England between the tenth and twelfth centuries (and in the Danelaw)
( c.1155; MS: s.xii3/3 )  E cil francs hom ki ad e sache e soche e toll e tem e infangentheof, se il est enplaidé e il seit mis en forfeit el cunté, afert a l'os le vescunte en Danelahe .xl. ores; e de cele hume ki ceste franchise nen ad .xxxij. ores  2.3
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