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Fere

Fere \Fere\, n. [OE. fere companion, AS. gef[=e]ra, from f[=e]ran to go, travel, faran to travel. [root]78. See Fare.] A mate or companion; -- often used of a wife. [Obs.] [Written also fear and feere.]
--Chaucer.

And Cambel took Cambrina to his fere.
--Spenser.

In fere, together; in company. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Fere

Fere \Fere\, a. [Cf. L. ferus wild.] Fierce. [Obs.]

Fere

Fere \Fere\, n. [See Fire.] Fire. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Fere

Fere \Fere\, n. [See Fear.] Fear. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Fere

Fere \Fere\, v. t. & i. To fear. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fere

"companion" (obsolete), from Middle English fere, a shortening of Old English gefera "associate, comrade, fellow-disciple; wife, man, servant," from Proto-Germanic *for-ja-, related to the root of faran "to go, travel" (see fare (v.)). Literally "one who goes with another." Compare German Gefährte "companion," from the same root; also, from causative *forjan-, Old High German fuoren. "to lead," modern German Fuhrer.

Wiktionary

fere

Etymology 1 alt. 1 (label en dialectal or obsolete) A companion, comrade or friend. 2 (label en archaic) A spouse; an animal's mate. n. 1 (label en dialectal or obsolete) A companion, comrade or friend. 2 (label en archaic) A spouse; an animal's mate. Etymology 2

a. (context obsolete English) fierce

Usage examples of "fere".

OLIVARII GOLDSMITH, Poetae, Physici, Historici, Qui nullum fere scribendi genus Non tetigit, Nullum quod tetiqit non ornavit: Sive risus essent movendi, Sive lacrymae, Affectuum potens at lenis dominator: Ingenio sublimis, vividus, versatilis, Oratione grandis, nitidus, venustus: Hoc monumento memoriam coluit Sodalium amor, Amicorum fides, Lectorum veneratio.

Huius lateris alter angulus, qui est ad Cantium, quo fere omnes ex Gallia naves appelluntur, ad orientem solem, inferior ad meridiem spectat.

A medio fere colle in longitudinem, ut natura montis ferebat, ex grandibus saxis sex pedum murum qui nostrorum impetum tardaret praeduxerant Galli, atque inferiore omni spatio vacuo relicto superiorem partem collis usque ad murum oppidi densissimis castris compleverant.

France, along the frontier where France, Switzerland and Germany meet, there are the first-class fortresses of Belfort, Epinal, Toul and Verdun in the first line, reinforced by Besancon, Dijon, Langres, Rheims, La Fere and Maubeuge in the second line, with smaller fortifications close to the German frontier at Remirement, Luneville, Nancy and other points.

Marie retained the usufruct of the domain and the use of the castles of La Fere and Du Chatelet for her residence, but legal disputes continued after the sale.

Tantum apud homines barbaros valuit esse aliquos repertos principes inferendi belli tantamque omnibus voluntatum commutationem attulit, ut praeter Aeduos et Remos, quos praecipuo semper honore Caesar habuit, alteros pro vetere ac perpetua erga populum Romanum fide, alteros pro recentibus Gallici belli officiis, nulla fere civitas fuerit non suspecta nobis.

Quorum omnis postea multitudo aquatorum unum in locum conveniebat sub ipsius oppidi murum, ubi magnus fons aquae prorumpebat ab ea parte, quae fere pedum CCC intervallo fluminis circuitu vacabat.

On the 26th was fought the battle of Fere Champenoise, where, valour yielding to numbers, Marshals Marmont and Mortier were obliged to retire upon Sezanne after sustaining considerable loss.

Tantum apud homines barbaros valuit esse aliquos repertos principes inferendi belli tantamque omnibus voluntatum commutationem attulit, ut praeter Aeduos et Remos, quos praecipuo semper honore Caesar habuit, alteros pro vetere ac perpetua erga populum Romanum fide, alteros pro recentibus Gallici belli officiis, nulla fere civitas fuerit non suspecta nobis.

Gobain, of Assis, of Marie, of La Fere, of Folembray, of Montmirail, of Oisy, of Crevecoeur, of La Ferte-Aucoul and La Ferte-Gauche, Viscount of Meaux, Castellan de Cambrai.

Labienus faciendas curaverat numero LX, perpaucae locum caperent, reliquae fere omnes reicerentur.

Nam illo incommodo de Sabini morte perlato omnes fere Galliae civitates de bello consultabant, nuntios legationesque in omnes partes dimittebant et quid reliqui consili caperent atque unde initium belli fieret explorabant nocturnaque in locis desertis concilia habebant.

OLIVARII GOLDSMITH, Poetae, Physici, Historici, Qui nullum fere scribendi genus Non tetigit, Nullum quod tetiqit non ornavit: Sive risus essent movendi, Sive lacrymae, Affectuum potens at lenis dominator: Ingenio sublimis, vividus, versatilis, Oratione grandis, nitidus, venustus: Hoc monumento memoriam coluit Sodalium amor, Amicorum fides, Lectorum veneratio.

For fere almoost out of his wit he breyde, And to his goddes pitously he preyde For socour, but it myghte nat bityde.

For we be fewe birdes here in fere, And sooth it is, the cuckoo is not here, And therefore we will have a parlement.