- A former president; the former East Germany
- 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
- At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
First of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.
- The former is a good idea but the latter is not.
- I drive two vehicles, a Chevy Camaro and an AMC Gremlin. I won the former on a game show.
- French: précédent, ancien
- German: ehemalig, vorig, früher, vorherig, vormalig, alt
- Italian: precedente, anteriore, ex
- Portuguese: anterior, ex
- Russian: бы́вший
- Spanish: anterior, antiguo
- French: premier, celui-là
- German: ersterer, erstere, ersteres
- Italian: primo
- Portuguese: primeiro, aquele
- Russian: пе́рвый
- Spanish: primero, primera, aquello, aquella
former (plural formers)
- Someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.
- Dave was the former of the company.
- An object used to form something, such as a template, gauge, or cutting die.
- The brick arch was built using a wooden former.
- (chiefly, British, used in combinations) Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).