is a word that dates from Old English, and is still occasionally found, mainly as an adjective meaning ‘of old, former’ and typically with reference to the recent past:

• While he may be less popular than he was, he is still held in more esteem than his erstwhile colleagues —Morning Star, 2007.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • erstwhile — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)st(h)waɪl[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n You use erstwhile to describe someone that used to be the type of person indicated, but no longer is. [FORMAL] Erstwhile workers may have become managers... He fled to America with Phyllis Burton, an erstwhile… …   English dictionary

  • erstwhile — I. adverb Date: 1569 in the past ; formerly < cultures, erstwhile unknown to each other Robert Plank > II. adjective Date: 1903 former, previous < erstwhile enemies > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • erstwhile — erst|while [ˈə:stwaıl US ˈə:rst ] adj [only before noun] formal [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: erst formerly (11 19 centuries) (from Old English Arest earliest ) + while] former or in the past ▪ She found herself ostracized by erstwhile friends. ▪ his …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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