whilom

[hwahy-luhm, wahy-] Archaic.
adjective
1.
former; erstwhile: whilom friends.
adverb
2.
at one time.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English hwīlum at times, dative plural of hwīl while (noun)

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whilom (ˈwaɪləm)
 
adv
1.  formerly; once
 
adj
2.  (prenominal) one-time; former
 
[Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīlwhile; related to Old High German hwīlōm, German weiland of old]

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whilom
"at time past" (archaic), c.1200, from O.E. hwilum "at times," dative case of while (q.v.). Cf. Ger. weiland "formerly."
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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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