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[kwon-duh m, -dam] /ˈkwɒn dəm, -dæm/
former; onetime:
his quondam partner.
Origin of quondam
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Do you not recognize my quondam tutor and the once dauntless Meg?

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • At the peace Washington demanded the return of these quondam slaves.

  • And have you never been detected by any of your quondam associates?

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It appeared that he had been highly popular among his quondam guests.

    The Grand Babylon Hotel Arnold Bennett
  • However, with the dainty volume my quondam friend sprang into fame.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Friends there were in many, and quondam lovers by the score.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • Would you be content that your quondam poor should be no better off than the rich?

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • But Harry saw nothing and heard but little of his quondam friends.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • One of Enoks kerchiefs it was—a quondam bandage for the earache.

    Mothwise Knut Hamsun
  • I thought so, as my quondam friend clasped my hand in farewell that morning.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
British Dictionary definitions for quondam


(prenominal) of an earlier time; former: her quondam lover
Word Origin
C16: from Latin adv: formerly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quondam

"one-time, former," 1580s, from earlier use as an adverb ("formerly") and a noun ("former holder" of some office or position), both 1530s, from Latin quondam (adv.) "formerly, at some time, at one time; once in a while," from quom, cum "when, as" (see who) + demonstrative ending -dam.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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