Definition of erstwhile in English:

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erstwhile

Pronunciation: /ˈəːstwʌɪl/

adjective

[attributive]
Former: the erstwhile president of the company
More example sentences
  • He assuredly bumped off a formidable array of erstwhile friends and possible rivals.
  • To be fair to the script writers, they have made Todd behave in a way which entitled his erstwhile friends and neighbours to complain about his conduct.
  • But there's nothing like a common enemy to get erstwhile rivals to work together.
Synonyms
former, old, past, one-time, sometime, as was, ex-, late, then;
previous, prior, foregoing
formal quondam
archaic whilom

adverb

archaic
Formerly: Mary Anderson, erstwhile the queen of America’s stage
More example sentences
  • The future, as foreseen by Douglas Hurd, erstwhile Foreign Secretary to Margaret Thatcher, looks intriguing.
  • Getting a brand that was erstwhile pushed by James Bond himself?
  • Oil money has corrupted the media and a considerable segment of erstwhile critical intellectuals.

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