Erstwhile meaning

ûrstwīl, -hwīl
The definition of erstwhile is something from an earlier time.

An example of something erstwhile is a girl who was your best friend as a child.

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(archaic) Some time ago; formerly.
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Of an earlier time; former.

My erstwhile friend.

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In the past; at a former time; formerly.
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Former.

Our erstwhile companions.

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Formerly; in the past.
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(literary, law) Former, previous.
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Origin of erstwhile