Meaning of “erstwhile” in the English Dictionary


"erstwhile" in English

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erstwhileadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈɜːst.waɪl/ us /ˈɝːst.waɪl/ formal

Examples from literature

  • Also, there were comings and goings, and the erstwhile placid atmosphere of the cabin was vexed with strange perturbations and unrest. 
  • Besides, he sought only the obscure hotels, where he was not likely to meet any of his erstwhile fellow passengers. 
  • In the first place, one of our erstwhile opponents is fighting against a much stronger enemy. 
  • The erstwhile amorous fiancée, who could hardly wait until marriage to test her lover, became now the wife and mother who hardly wished to be touched by her husband. 
  • This ghostly encroachment on our erstwhile quiet domain has had more than one inconvenient result. 

(Definition of “erstwhile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)