ere·​long er-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce erelong (audio)
archaic, literary
: in the near future : before long, soon
Behold how the evening now steals over the fields, the shadows of the trees creeping farther and farther into the meadow, and erelong the stars will come to bathe in these retired waters.Henry David Thoreau

Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of erelong was in 1577

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“Erelong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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ere·​long e(ə)r-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce erelong (audio)
: before long : soon

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