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erstwhile

adverb erst·while \ ˈərst-ˌ(h)wī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of erstwhile

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

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Examples of erstwhile in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of erstwhile

1569

erstwhile Synonyms

Synonyms

formerly, once, onetime;

Near Antonyms

lately, recently;

currently, now, presently;


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erstwhile

adjective

Definition of erstwhile

: former, previous
  • erstwhile enemies

Examples of erstwhile in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of erstwhile

1849


ERSTWHILE Defined for English Language Learners

erstwhile

Definition of erstwhile for English Language Learners

  • : in the past



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