whilst

[ hwahylst, wahylst ]
/ ʰwaɪlst, waɪlst /

conjunction

Chiefly British. while.

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Origin of whilst

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English whilest, equivalent to whiles + excrescent -t as in amongst, amidst
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British Dictionary definitions for whilst

whilst
/ (waɪlst) /

conjunction

Word Origin for whilst

C13: from whiles + -t as in amidst
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