Dictionary.com

formerly

[ fawr-mer-lee ]
/ ˈfɔr mər li /
Save This Word!

adverb
in time past; in an earlier period or age; previously: a custom formerly observed.
Obsolete. in time just past; just now.

COMPARE MEANINGS

Click for a side-by-side comparison of meanings. Use the word comparison feature to learn the differences between similar and commonly confused words.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of formerly

First recorded in 1580–90; former1 + -ly

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH formerly

formally, formerly
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use formerly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for formerly

formerly
/ (ˈfɔːməlɪ) /

adverb
at or in a former time; in the past
obsolete in the immediate past; just now
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK