hith·​er·​to ˈhi-t͟hər-ˌtü How to pronounce hitherto (audio)
: up to this or that time
reveals some hitherto unknown facts about her life

Examples of hitherto in a Sentence

at the talent show Kyle revealed his hitherto unknown gift for doing impressions
Recent Examples on the Web In just 12 months, this hitherto unknown app has become one of the go-to places for shoppers who want to get the most bang for their buck. Molly Peck, Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2023 The majority of the rioters were hitherto ordinary Americans who had only recently embraced radical ideas. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Foreign Affairs, 3 Jan. 2022 Some signatories also worried about the more distant possibility of AI displacing workers at hitherto unseen speed. Will Knight, WIRED, 17 Aug. 2023 Since her beloved father’s death, the hitherto exemplary student has been skipping school, failing classes, picking fights and directing open hostility at her mother. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 30 July 2023 No class appears to be stirred so deeply as the great middle class, the real strength of the country and the hitherto solid prop of the monarchy. Chicago Tribune, 7 June 2023 And that’s why the non-unicorns out there might just be the best bet to take your team to hitherto unimagined heights. Mark C. Perna, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 The book’s title references an Atlantic magazine article in which Winkler hypothesized that Emilia Bassano Lanier — hitherto best known as A.L. Rowse’s choice for the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets — could have written the plays. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2023 Last month, Karen Vogtmann and Michael Borinsky posted a proof that there is a truckload of mathematical structure within a hitherto inaccessible mathematical world called the moduli space of graphs, which Vogtmann and a collaborator first described in the mid-1980s. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hitherto was in the 13th century

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“Hitherto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitherto. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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hith·​er·​to ˈhit͟h-ər-ˌtü How to pronounce hitherto (audio)
: up to this time
hitherto unknown facts

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