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whilom

[hwahy-luh m, wahy-] /ˈʰwaɪ ləm, ˈwaɪ-/
adjective
1.
former; erstwhile:
whilom friends.
adverb
2.
at one time.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hwīlum at times, dative plural of hwīl while (noun)
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  • In this enforced underground shelter the pair are married, with the whilom guide officiating and doubling as witness.
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whilom

/ˈwaɪləm/
adverb
1.
formerly; once
adjective
2.
(prenominal) one-time; former
Word Origin
Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīlwhile; related to Old High German hwīlōm, German weiland of old
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Word Origin and History for whilom
adv.

"at time past" (archaic), c.1200, from Old English hwilum "at times," dative case of while (q.v.). Cf. German weiland "formerly."

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