Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb At an earlier time; once.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • First; first of all; beforehand.
  • In time past; at a certain point or through an indefinite period in the past; of old; here-to-fore.
  • In time just past; just now; as aforesaid.
  • Synonyms Once, anciently; Formerly, Previously. Formerly means before the present time, and perhaps a considerable time before; previously, before some particular event or time, and generally up to that point: as, the rates of postage were formerly much higher than now; they were reduced in 1845, having previously been at an average of about 12½ cents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In time past, either in time immediately preceding or at any indefinite distance; of old; heretofore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb at some time in the past
  • adverb previously; once

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb at a previous time

Etymologies

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former +‎ -ly

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