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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Examples of formerly in a Sentence

He was formerly a congressman. the newspaper formerly known as “The Newsprint”
Recent Examples on the Web The annual ceremony is set to take place Jan. 31 in downtown Los Angeles at Arena (formerly Staples Center). Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2021 Abbey Road Studios, formerly EMI Recording Studios, first opened its doors on Nov. 12, 1931. Zoe Chevalier And Tim Watson, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2021 Janet Rollé, formerly the general manager of Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment for five years, will be the new CEO and executive director of the American Ballet Theatre. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 The members-only club will open Little House West Hollywood at 8465 Holloway Dr., formerly home to the Palihouse hotel, early next year. Marc Malkin, Variety, 24 Nov. 2021 Bezos, Bezos' brother Mark, Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk (formerly the oldest person in space) and 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen (son of a hedge fund manager) to suborbital space. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 While the menu remains the same for right now, the restaurant's kitchen is now helmed by Khora's new executive chef Jared Bennett, formerly of Branch restaurant in Walnut Hills. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 23 Nov. 2021 Three starters return for an Orange program that is being built from the ground up by Cruz, who formerly led Cleveland Heights for a season after several stops as an assistant, including Garfield Heights. Matt Goul, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 One of the sous chefs formerly worked at nearby Rebel House and introduced the kitchen team to Latin American markets and other product sources. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 23 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of formerly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of formerly was in 1534

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27 Nov 2021

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“Formerly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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