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[air-hwahyl, -wahyl]
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adverb Archaic.
  1. a while before; formerly.
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Origin of erewhile

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at ere, while
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  • What, for example, be these mikerots she was illuding to erewhile?

    Fruits of Culture

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Fate had fallen on his house, had marked it for destruction as erewhile that of Tantalus.

  • Therefor he gave me the falcon on my hand which had erewhile been my lover's gift.

  • In that you say not truth; for you erewhile have so misused my knight, that he may chance to die.

  • In the centre of the erewhile camp they found the man they sought.

    Haviland's Chum

    Bertram Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for erewhile



  1. archaic a short time ago; a little while before
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