Part of speech: adjective

Earlier; previous; preceding; ancient.

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Usage examples "former":

  1. So that beautiful child is Mrs. Templeton's, or rather Lady Vargrave's, daughter by a former marriage? - "Ernest Maltravers, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. Such was the affection Mr. Carvel's friends bore him that they did not desert him when he was no longer the companion he had been in former years. - "Richard Carvel, Complete", Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009.
  3. For he afterwards makes the former kind of language as much a work of art, as any one will suppose the latter to have been. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.