-or [ər, ôr]
1. [ME -our < OFr -our, -or, -eur < L -or, -ator] a person or thing that (does a specified thing) [mortgagor, incisor]
2. [ME -our < OFr < L -or] quality or condition [favor, error]
USAGE- for several words with this suffix, e.g. ardor, armor, color, endeavor, favor, honor, labor, rumor, savior, the spelling suffix -our is standard usage or a common alternate spelling in most other English-speaking countries ( ardour, armour, colour, etc.); other words, e.g. error, liquor, pallor, terror, are now always spelled with -OR

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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