[heer-af-ter, -ahf-]


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.

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

Contemporary Examples of hereafter

Historical Examples of hereafter

  • The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?


    Lydia Maria Child

  • It means that my braids are up to stay, so hereafter I'm a real woman.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • He said I knew better, and that I should hear more of this, hereafter.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Take what there is; young as you are, you may want it more now than hereafter.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Ireland now does justice to him, the world will do so hereafter.

British Dictionary definitions for hereafter



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
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper