for·​mer·​ly | \ ˈfȯr-mər-lē How to pronounce formerly (audio) , ˈfȯr-mə-\

Definition of formerly

1 : at an earlier time : previously
2 obsolete : just before

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Synonyms for formerly


erstwhile, once, onetime

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Examples of formerly in a Sentence

He was formerly a congressman. the newspaper formerly known as “The Newsprint”

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Speculation has swirled in the TV industry that David Pingalore, formerly of WKMG-Channel 6, might return to Orlando for the WESH job. Hal Boedeker,, "WESH names Daren Stoltzfus new sports director," 16 July 2019 The Food Executive chef Haller Magee, formerly of the Elyton Hotel and Satterfield’s is behind the Cayo Coco menu, which is his take on Latin-American food with a Southern twist. Shauna Stuart |,, "In Founder’s Station, Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante is a nod to Cuba’s pre-revolution high life," 12 July 2019 Kirsten Kliphouse, formerly of Red Hat and Microsoft, joins Google Cloud as president of North America sales. Fortune, "A VC Community Introduces a Gender Quota: The Broadsheet," 12 July 2019 The restaurant comes from Yassmin Sarmadi and chef Tony Esnault, formerly of Spring and Church & State. Hadley Tomicki,, "Sichuan hot pot restaurant Mala Town comes to Sawtelle; Filipino lunch counter opens downtown," 9 July 2019 Sonny Milano, formerly of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and A.J. Greer, who has played with the Colorado Avalanche, were arrested about 6:35 a.m. after an argument escalated into a physical fight, according to Tsourovakas. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Pro hockey players Sonny Milano and A.J. Greer arrested for assault," 7 July 2019 At the helm is chef Andrew Thomas, formerly of the Elephant and Donna’s Cross Keys. Christina Tkacik,, "Break bread at The Tilted Row in Bolton Hill," 3 July 2019 This 164-seat restaurant will have Miles Schaefer (formerly of Sepia, Blackbird, Big Star, & WD~50 in New York) at the helm and serve items like banh mi French dip, pea and ricotta agnolotti, house nachos, salads, cocktails, wine and beer. Grace Wong,, "Tortello opens Monday bringing handmade pasta to Wicker Park, plus more dining news," 1 July 2019 The category includes the warm and funny sitcom One Day at a Time (formerly of Netflix, soon of Pop) and Starz’s wonderful Vida. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s Los Espookys is tremendously funny and even more weird," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of formerly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of formerly

: at an earlier time : in the past


for·​mer·​ly | \ ˈfȯr-mər-lē How to pronounce formerly (audio) \

Kids Definition of formerly

: at an earlier time They were formerly friends.

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