erstwhile


1erst·while

adverb \ˈərst-ˌ(h)wī(-ə)l\

Definition of ERSTWHILE

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

Examples of ERSTWHILE

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

First Known Use of ERSTWHILE

1569

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2erstwhile

adjective

: in the past

Full Definition of ERSTWHILE

:  former, previous <erstwhile enemies>

Examples of ERSTWHILE

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

First Known Use of ERSTWHILE

1903

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