erst

[ urst ]
/ ɜrst /

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 ǣr ere + -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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