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erst

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adverb Archaic.
before the present time; formerly.
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Origin of erst

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

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British Dictionary definitions for erst

erst
/ (ɜːst) /

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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