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erstwhile

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adverb erst·while \ˈərst-ˌ(h)wī(-ə)l\

Definition of erstwhile

  1. :  in the past :  formerly <cultures, erstwhile unknown to each other — Robert Plank>



Examples of erstwhile in a sentence

  1. <there's now a store where erstwhile lay green and pleasant pastures>



Did You Know?

The adverb erstwhile has been part of English since the 16th century, but it is formed from two words that are much older. It comes from the Old English words ær, meaning "early," and hwīl, which has much the same meaning as the modern word while. (The English word ere, meaning "before," is also descendant of ær.) The adjective erstwhile, as in erstwhile enemies, joined the language around 1900.

1569

First Known Use of erstwhile

1569


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erstwhile

adjective erst·while

Simple Definition of erstwhile

  • : in the past

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of erstwhile

  1. :  former, previous <erstwhile enemies>

Examples of erstwhile in a sentence

  1. <my erstwhile friend ignored me when I ran into her at the mall>



1903

First Known Use of erstwhile

1903



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