Definition of erst in English:

erst

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Pronunciation: /əːst
 
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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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