- lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.
- an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.
Origin of temporary
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Examples from the Web for temporary
The bill, which passed Congress without opposition, is only a temporary fix and expires in 2015.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
Workers built a temporary rail track through the city to move the statue in a process that took three days.Florence Preps ‘David’ for the Big One
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 25, 2014
On Monday, de Blasio called for a temporary halt to protests until after the funerals of the two slain officers.Trayvon Martin’s Family Rejects ‘Dead Cops’ Marchers
December 24, 2014
This month a judge intervened and granted a 30-day temporary stay on police action against Abbott.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Or are the risks so great that a temporary ban is necessary?New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
God has never, as far as we can see, dealt in special and temporary gifts.The Conquest of Fear
The men were preparing their breakfast, and a temporary halt had been called for that purpose.In the Midst of Alarms
He probably thought this first home so temporary it didn't count.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Longfellow's Skeleton in Armor has revealed their temporary settlement.
Perhaps this fit was only temporary, and will not come again for a long time.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- not permanent; provisionaltemporary accommodation
- lasting only a short time; transitorytemporary relief from pain
- a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basisOften shortened to: temp
Word Origin and History for temporary
1540s, from Latin temporarius "of seasonal character, lasting a short time," from tempus (genitive temporis) "time, season" (see temporal). The noun meaning "person employed only for a time" is recorded from 1848.