up to this time; until now: a fact hitherto unknown.
to here.

Origin of hitherto

First recorded in 1175–1225, hitherto is from the Middle English word hiderto. See hither, to
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Examples from the Web for hitherto

Contemporary Examples of hitherto

Historical Examples of hitherto

  • But I presumed she had some other view in coming to me, than she had hitherto acquainted me with.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Hitherto he had heard their voices in the dimness of imagination.


    William J. Locke

  • You know with what indifference, said my mother, she has hitherto seen him.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Not in the least like those with whom she had hitherto been most familiar.

  • Then her voice rose above the monotone that had contented her hitherto.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for hitherto



until this timehitherto, there have been no problems
archaic to this place or point


until this timea hitherto unoccupied house
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Word Origin and History for hitherto

c.1200, from hither + to.

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