W2S2 [waılst] conj BrE formal

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  • Whilst — Whilst, adv. [From {Whiles}; cf. {Amongst}.] While. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Whilst the emperor lay at Antioch. Gibbon. [1913 Webster] {The whilst}, in the meantime; while. [Archaic.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whilst — [ waılst, hwaılst ] conjunction BRITISH FORMAL while …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whilst — late 14c., from WHILE (Cf. while) (q.v.) with adverbial gen. s , and excrescent t (as in amongst, amidst) …   Etymology dictionary

  • whilst — ► CONJUNCTION & ADVERB chiefly Brit. ▪ while …   English terms dictionary

  • whilst — [hwīlst, wīlst] conj. [ME whilest, extended < whiles, WHILES] Chiefly Brit. WHILE …   English World dictionary

  • whilst — while, whilst 1. Both forms are used in BrE, but whilst is not much used in AmE. There is no distinction in usage as regards meaning, although varying grammatical patterns are noted below. 2. The word is a conjunction, and its primary sense is… …   Modern English usage

  • whilst */*/ — UK [waɪlst] / US / US [hwaɪlst] conjunction British formal while He became involved in student politics whilst studying at Nottingham University. Whilst I agree that boxing is dangerous, I also believe that it would be wrong to ban it …   English dictionary

  • whilst — [[t](h)waɪlst[/t]] ♦♦♦ CONJ SUBORD Whilst means the same as the conjunction while. [mainly BRIT, FORMAL or LITERARY] …   English dictionary

  • whilst — conjunction Etymology: Middle English whilest, alteration of whiles Date: 14th century chiefly British while …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whilst — /hwuylst, wuylst/, conj. while. [1325 75; ME whilest, equiv. to WHILES + parasitic t as in amongst, amidst] * * * …   Universalium

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