from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Archaic Some time ago; heretofore.
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- adv. Some time ago; beforehand
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Some time ago; a little while before; heretofore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Some time ago; a little while before.
- Former; recent.
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No game in the garths such as erewhile was gotten.
O earth! and night erewhile my only day; now may I open my eyes in freedom, for
I at once became abject and a burden to those who erewhile wished to visit me; and when her father knew it, he took her from me and abjured me and drove me forth without ruth.
And when we departed, the old man followed us down to the strand, and lamented our departure, as he had done with our lords erewhile; only this time yet greater was his lamentation, and needs must we kiss him, each one of us, or never had he been done.
Said Habundia, after she had looked hard on Birdalone a while: Now there is this I find in thee, that though thou callest me wood-mother still, thou art not my daughter as thou wert erewhile, nor I thy mother; and I know not whether to be glad or sorry thereof, since thou art even as much my friend as ever thou wert.
As they went, the knight fell a-talking to Birdalone, and that without any of the covert jeering which he had used erewhile; and he showed her places in the dale, as caverns under the burgs, and little eyots in the stream, and certain stones amongst the
Now all yeasaid this gladly; and the Green Knight said: It were not so ill done that we should see more of our sister here ere we depart, and hear more of her tale; for meseemeth she began it erewhile but half-way.
So on the following morning Colonel Chabert went with the erewhile attorney to
Hark! how the tune swells, that erewhile did wane!
Spirit had I erewhile known thee, a fiery child.