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erst †earliest, first, (arch.) formerly, before. OE. ǣrest, superl. corr. to ǣr ERE = OS. ērist (Du. eerst), OHG. ērist (G. erst):- WGmc. *airista (see -EST).
Hence erstwhile XVI.

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