Definition of former noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmər//
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  1. 1the former (pl. the former) the first of two things or people mentioned He had to choose between giving up his job and giving up his principles. He chose the former. However, the former are excluded. compare latter
  2. 2a person or thing that forms something opinion formers and policy makers
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old English forma ‘first’ + -er.Extra examples It is one of the countries of the former Soviet Union. She’s the former world champion. The historic quarter of the city has been restored to its former glory. This fine ruin was, in former times, a royal castle.