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[air-lawng, -long] /ɛərˈlɔŋ, -ˈlɒŋ/
before long; soon.
Origin of erelong
First recorded in 1570-80; ere + long1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • erelong the celebrated Derry fair was established, in imitation of those with which they had been familiar in Ireland.

  • erelong grandmother knocked at our chamber door and called us.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • It was only to irresistible necessity that she would yield, but erelong the necessity appeared to her extremely pressing.

  • erelong, the sons of the Pilgrims will be on the shores of the Pacific.

  • But erelong they understood the friendliness around them and they stopped crying and began to have a good time.

    Mary Jane's City Home Clara Ingram Judson
  • Not a week, in the beginning, without one of these visits; but erelong, scarcely a day.

    Denis Dent Ernest W. Hornung
  • But Mr. Cilley's high and honorable course was erelong understood and appreciated by his party and the people.

    Biographical Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • erelong we could hear skirmishing, and an occasional discharge of cannon.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • erelong they came stumbling into the north gate half dead with fright and exhaustion.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • The sacrifice was too great, and she refused; yet erelong her anguish became unendurable98 and the holy man was recalled.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for erelong


(archaic or poetic) before long; soon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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