[ meen-hwahyl, -wahyl ]
See synonyms for: meanwhilemeanwhiles on

  1. in the intervening time; during the interval.

  2. at the same time: Meanwhile, the others were back home enjoying themselves.

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Origin of meanwhile

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English; mean3 + while

Words Nearby meanwhile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use meanwhile in a sentence

  • Elizabeth, meanwhile, was filled with alarms respecting her daughter's unhappy infatuation.

  • meanwhile, he had been selected as aide-de-camp by General d'Ure de Molans.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • meanwhile, the Australian submarine has got up through the Narrows and has torpedoed a gunboat at Chunuk.

  • None of them came; but meanwhile a very extraordinary thing happened, for the house itself began to go.

    Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
  • meanwhile, another form of imitation is developing, the fashioning of lasting semblances.

    Children's Ways | James Sully

British Dictionary definitions for meanwhile


/ (ˈmiːnˌwaɪl) /

  1. during the intervening time or period

  2. at the same time, esp in another place

  1. another word for meantime

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