erstwhile

[urst-hwahyl, -wahyl]
adjective
1.
former; of times past: erstwhile friends.
adverb
2.
Archaic. formerly; erst.

Origin:
1560–70; erst + while


1. past, bygone, previous.


1. current, present.
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erstwhile (ˈɜːstˌwaɪl)
 
adj
1.  former; one-time: my erstwhile companions
 
adv
2.  archaic long ago; formerly

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Word Origin & History

erstwhile
1569, from M.E. erest "soonest, earliest" (see ere) + while (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Before becoming big successes, these erstwhile college students shared a room.
Shouldering packs, they entered the backcountry led by the erstwhile drug
  runner.
As in other erstwhile monarchies, the duties of his.
One by one, his erstwhile supporters have begun to oppose him.
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