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whilst

[hwahylst, wahylst] /ʰwaɪlst, waɪlst/
conjunction
1.
Chiefly British. while.
Origin of whilst
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English whilest, equivalent to whiles + parasitic -t as in amongst, amidst
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whilst

/waɪlst/
conjunction
1.
(mainly Brit) another word for while (sense 1), while (sense 2), while (sense 3), while (sense 4), while (sense 5)
Word Origin
C13: from whiles + -t as in amidst
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Word Origin and History for whilst
adv.

late 14c., from while (q.v.) with adverbial genitive -s-, and excrescent -t- (as in amongst, amidst).

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