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Adjective: former  for-mu(r)
  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"
  2. Belonging to some prior time
    "our former glory";
    - erstwhile, old, onetime, one-time, quondam, sometime
  3. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
    "the former president";
    - late, previous
  4. Belonging to the distant past
    "former generations";
    - early, other
Noun: former  for-mu(r)
  1. The first of two or the first mentioned of two
    "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"

Derived forms: formers

See also: past

Type of: first, number one [informal]

Antonym: latter

Encyclopedia: Former