WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
for•mer1 /ˈfɔrmɚ/USA pronunciation
adj. [before a noun]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
n. [uncountable; the + ~]
- preceding in time;
prior or earlier:We had met on a former occasion.
- being the first mentioned of two (distinguished from latter ):The former suggestion was better than the latter.
- having once or previously been;
erstwhile:They welcomed the former president.
- the one first mentioned:We have two dogs, a collie and a beagle; the former is the older.
(fôr′mər),USA pronunciation adj.
- preceding in time;
prior or earlier:during a former stage in the proceedings.
- past, long past, or ancient:in former times.
- preceding in order;
being the first of two:Our former manufacturing process was too costly.
- being the first mentioned of two (distinguished from latter):The former suggestion was preferred to the latter.
- having once, or previously, been;
erstwhile:a former president.
- Middle English, equivalent. to forme (Old English forma first) + -er -er4. Cf. foremost 1125–75
(fôr′mər),USA pronunciation n.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged foregoing, antecedent.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged past, ex-.
- a person or thing that forms or serves to form.
- British Terms, Educationa pupil in a particular form or grade, esp. in a British secondary school:fifth formers.
- Middle English fourmer. See form, -er1 1300–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
former /ˈfɔːmə/ adj (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
- the former ⇒ the first or first mentioned of two: distinguished from latter
former /ˈfɔːmə/ n
- a person or thing that forms or shapes
- 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
'former' also found in these entries: