Definition of Former in English :

Define Former in English

Former meaning in English

Meaning of Former in English

Pronunciation of Former in English

Former pronunciation in English

Pronounce Former in English


see synonyms of former


1. former

the first of two or the first mentioned of two

Example Sentences:
'Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today'


2. former

referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)

Example Sentences:
'the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one'

3. erstwhile, former, old, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime

belonging to some prior time

Example Sentences:
'erstwhile friend'
'our former glory'
'the once capital of the state'
'her quondam lover'

4. former, late, previous

(used especially of persons) of the immediate past

Example Sentences:
'the former president'
'our late President is still very active'
'the previous occupant of the White House'

5. early, former, other

belonging to the distant past

Example Sentences:
'the early inhabitants of Europe'
'former generations'
'in other times'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of former
adjective (prenominal)
belonging to or occurring in an earlier time
former glory
having been at a previous time
a former colleague
denoting the first or first mentioned of two
in the former case
near the beginning
5.  the former
a person or thing that forms or shapes
2. electrical engineering
a tool for giving a coil or winding the required shape, sometimes consisting of a frame on which the wire can be wound, the frame then being removed

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see synonyms of former
preceding in time; earlier; past
in former times
first mentioned of two
often used absolutely (with the)
Jack and Bill are twins, but the former is taller than the latter
see also latter
a person or thing that forms

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of former
1. One that forms; a maker or creator: a former of ideas.
2. A member of a school form: a fifth former.
1. Relating to or taking place in the past: in former times.
2. Having been so in the past: a former ambassador; his former boss.
3. Being the first of two mentioned.
The first of two persons or things mentioned: "The army was pulling itself together, the government was coming apart. The success of the former was continually imperiled by the failure of the latter" (Garry Wills).

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