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  • adj. Former.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Former.

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From Middle English, variation of ferne ("old, long ago, distant, past"), from Old English fyrn ("former, ancient"), from Proto-Germanic *furnaz, *fernaz, *fernijaz (“old, former”), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“next, of, out, through”). More at fern.

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