- I UK [ˈfɔː(r)mə(r)] / US [ˈfɔrmər]
adjective, pronoun ***
Former can be used in the following ways: - as an adjective (only before a noun): She still visits her former husband. - as a pronoun (after "the"): Given the choice between rose pink and olive green, I'd choose the former every time.1) used for describing someone or something that had a particular job, title, status etc in the past, but not now
The ceremony honoured all the former presidents who are still living.
the former Soviet Union
He abandoned his former career as a geologist.2) formal used for referring to times in the past
Marble pillars and high painted ceilings remain from former times.3) formal used for referring to the first of two people or things that you have mentioned. Use the latter to refer to the second person or thing
Both Williams and Andrews claim the property. The former insists that it was a gift.•
be a shadow/ghost of your former self— to be much less healthy or successful, or to be in much worse condition than before
He returned from the war a shadow of his former self.
II UK [ˈfɔː(r)mə(r)] / US [ˈfɔrmər] nounold-fashioned a student in the first/second/third etc year of secondary school
first/second/third etc former— British
English dictionary. 2014.