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Meaning & Definition of Former in English

English

Former

/fɔrmər/

noun

1. The first of two or the first mentioned of two

  • "Tom and dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"
    synonym:
  • former

adjective

1. Referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)

  • "The novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967
  • I prefer the former version to the latter one"
    synonym:
  • former(a)

2. Belonging to some prior time

  • "Erstwhile friend"
  • "Our former glory"
  • "The once capital of the state"
  • "Her quondam lover"
    synonym:
  • erstwhile(a)
  • ,
  • former(a)
  • ,
  • old
  • ,
  • onetime(a)
  • ,
  • one-time(a)
  • ,
  • quondam(a)
  • ,
  • sometime(a)

3. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

  • "The former president"
  • "Our late president is still very active"
  • "The previous occupant of the white house"
    synonym:
  • former(a)
  • ,
  • late(a)
  • ,
  • previous(a)

4. Belonging to the distant past

  • "The early inhabitants of europe"
  • "Former generations"
  • "In other times"
    synonym:
  • early(a)
  • ,
  • former(a)
  • ,
  • other(a)

Examples of using

He's a former child actor.
The other day I met my former neighbour in the city.
Kyoto is the former capital of Japan.