erstwhile

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
erst•while  (ûrsthwīl′, -wīl′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. former;
    of times past:erstwhile friends.

adv. 
  1. [Archaic.]formerly;
    erst.
  • erst + while 1560–70
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . past, bygone, previous.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . current, present.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
erstwhile /ˈɜːstˌwaɪl/ adj
  1. former; one-time
adv
  1. archaic long ago; formerly
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