for·​mer·​ly ˈfȯr-mər-lē How to pronounce formerly (audio)
: at an earlier time : previously
obsolete : just before

Examples of formerly in a Sentence

He was formerly a congressman. the newspaper formerly known as “The Newsprint”
Recent Examples on the Web Boyce was formerly a hypeman in Odd Future and actor on Loiter Squad, the rap group’s Adult Swim sketch comedy show. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 17 July 2024 Shelton said as the crowd cheered, as seen in a video shared on X (formerly known as Twitter). Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 17 July 2024 One fan believes Trump’s musing on X, formerly Twitter, is worthy of a poetry collection. Melissa Cruz, USA TODAY, 17 July 2024 And if Em is able to secure the No. 1 with Death of Slim Shady, his 11th consecutive all-new album to hit No. 1 would again tie Ye (formerly Kanye West) — who extended his own run earlier this year with the Ty Dolla $ign teamup Vultures 1 — for the longest such streak in Billboard 200 history. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for formerly 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Formerly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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for·​mer·​ly ˈfȯr-mər-lē How to pronounce formerly (audio)
: at an earlier time : previously

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