[ heer-af-ter, -ahf- ]
/ hɪərˈæf tər, -ˈɑf- /


after this in time or order; at some future time; farther along.
in the time to follow; from now on: Hereafter I will not accept their calls.
in the life or world to come.


a life or existence after death; the future beyond mortal existence.
time to come; the future.

Nearby words

  1. here's,
  2. here's to,
  3. here, there, and everywhere,
  4. hereabout,
  5. hereabouts,
  6. hereat,
  7. hereaway,
  8. hereby,
  9. heredes,
  10. heredia

Origin of hereafter

before 900; Middle English; Old English hēræfter. See here, after Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hereafter

British Dictionary definitions for hereafter


/ (ˌhɪərˈɑːftə) /


formal in a subsequent part of this document, matter, case, etc
a less common word for henceforth
at some time in the future
in a future life after death

noun the hereafter

life after death
the future
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Word Origin and History for hereafter


Old English heræfter (adv.) "in the future; later on;" see here + after. Meaning "after death" is mid-14c. As a noun, "time in the future," from 1540s. Meaning "a future world, the world to come" is from 1702.

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