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English definition of “while”

while

noun     /waɪl/
a while B1 a length of time: I only stayed for a short while. You were there quite a while (= a long time), weren't you? "When did that happen?" "Oh, it was a while ago (= a long time ago). I haven't seen him for a while (= for a long time). I'll be fine in a while (= soon). → See also worthwhilePeriods of time - general words
(Definition of while noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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