Definition of erst in English:

erst

Syllabification: erst
Pronunciation: /ərst
 
/

adverb

archaic
Long ago; formerly: the friends whom erst you knew
More example sentences
  • Here sleeps the Man, who erst denied mean self.
  • Guide me, who erst trod so daintily the streets of Troy, but now am but a slave.

Origin

Old English ǣrest, superlative of ǣr (see ere).

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