[bih-fawr-tahym, -fohr-]

adverb Archaic.

Origin of beforetime

First recorded in 1250–1300, beforetime is from the Middle English word bifor time. See before, time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beforetime

Historical Examples of beforetime

  • He now takes his place in the Council, beforetime denied him.

  • Beforetime, to serve the king was to serve the Clan of the Priests, from which he had been chosen, and whose head he constituted.

    The Lost Continent

    C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

  • I knew that where beforetime he was wont to have forty great sails, at the least, in his ports, now he hath not past six or seven.


    Edmund Gosse

  • The words now and beforetime denote too long an interval to allow room for such a supposition.

    The Bible: what it is

    Charles Bradlaugh

  • One or two friends whose professions had beforetime been profuse, Eleanor met.

British Dictionary definitions for beforetime



archaic formerly
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