Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Until this time: The weather, which had hitherto been sunny and mild, suddenly turned cold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Up to this or that time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. To this place; to a prescribed limit.
  • adv. Up to this time; as yet; until now.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To this place; thus far.
  • To this time; until now.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time

Etymologies

From Middle English hiderto, corresponding to hither +‎ to. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nay the title hitherto to be a Commonwealth or Nation at all, among the

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

  • And when I return to London, young Nevile shall be Duke of Bedford, a title hitherto reserved to the royal race.

    The Last of the Barons — Volume 07

  • It has been a term hitherto used to signify that which pleases us we know not why, and in our approbation of which we can justify ourselves only by the concurrence of numbers, without much power of en - forcing our opinion upon others by any argument but example and authority.

    The Rambler, sections 55-112 (1750-1751); from The Works of Samuel Johnson in Sixteen Volumes, Vol. IV

  • In 1977, Andronikos undertook a six-week dig at the Tumulus and found four buried chambers which he identified as hitherto undisturbed

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  • In 1977, Andronikos undertook a six-week dig at the Tumulus and found four buried chambers which he identified as hitherto undisturbed Drag to Playlist

    WN.com - Business News

  • Lovingly narrated by Michael York, featuring music by Oscar-winning composer Vangelis, filmed in hitherto off-limits locations in the Vatican, the film is full of new and fascinating revelations about the Pope.

    Pope John Paul II

  • A whole generation of young men had died in hitherto undreamed-of conditions, and social values had been turned upside down.

    A Conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro about Never Let Me Go

  • Hold that thought: "In order to take advantage of Canadian tax rates" — a phrase hitherto unknown to American English outside the most fantastical futuristic science fiction.

    Quotable

  • In the mutual fund marketplace, buzz words include "alternative," "market-neutral" and other terms hitherto associated only with hedge funds.

    Funds For Offense And Defense

  • In retaliation, the Iranians rain hitherto-undetected nuclear missiles on the major oilfields of the Middle East.

    Guns for Troubled Times

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