The definition of whilom is something former, or that once was.
An example of something whilom is a friend that you were close to in middle school.
An example of something whilom is a job that you once had.
At a past time; formerly.
At one time; formerly.
Formerly such; former.
Their whilom friends.
(dated) Once upon a time, formerly.
Having once been; former.
The whilom editor in chief.
Origin of whilom
- Middle English at times from Old English hwīlum dative pl. of hwīl time, while kweiə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English hwÄ«lum, dative plural of hwÄ«l "˜while'.