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Definition of whilst

chiefly British
: while I am writing up this part of the diary whilst I am waiting for the coach …— Bram Stoker … wisely decided to hold my peace, whilst Cynthia exhausted every possible hypothesis …— Agatha Christie … the chief difference between the "employed" and "self-employed" categories being that the former may enjoy unemployment benefit whilst the latter may not.— Harry Calvert

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Examples of whilst in a Sentence

I like to get my knitting done whilst watching the telly. whilst a good worker, he's not a very good manager

First Known Use of whilst

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whilst

Middle English whilest, alteration of whiles

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The first known use of whilst was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Whilst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whilst. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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