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whilst

[hwahylst, wahylst]
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conjunction
  1. Chiefly British. while.
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Origin of whilst

1325–75; Middle English whilest, equivalent to whiles + parasitic -t as in amongst, amidst
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although, during, whilst

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British Dictionary definitions for whilst

whilst

conjunction
  1. mainly British another word for while (def. 1), while (def. 2), while (def. 3), while (def. 4), while (def. 5)
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Word Origin for whilst

C13: from whiles + -t as in amidst
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Word Origin and History for whilst

adv.

late 14c., from while (q.v.) with adverbial genitive -s-, and excrescent -t- (as in amongst, amidst).

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