erst

[urst]
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adverb Archaic.

before the present time; formerly.

Nearby words

  1. ersatz,
  2. erse,
  3. ershad,
  4. erskine,
  5. erskine, john,
  6. erstwhile,
  7. ert,
  8. ertebølle,
  9. erts,
  10. erté

Origin of erst

before 1000; Middle English erest, Old English ǣrest (cognate with Old High German ērist, German erst), equivalent to ǣr ere + -est -est1

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British Dictionary definitions for erst

erst

adverb archaic

long ago; formerly
at first

Word Origin for erst

Old English ǣrest earliest, superlative of ǣr early; see ere; related to Old High German ērist, Dutch eerst

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