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temps

[French tahn] /French tɑ̃/
noun, plural temps
[French tahn] /French tɑ̃/ (Show IPA).
Ballet.
1.
part of a dance step in which there is no transfer of weight.
Origin of temps
1885-1890
1885-90; < French: literally, time < Latin tempus

temp

[temp] /tɛmp/ Informal.
noun
1.
temporary (def 2).
verb (used without object)
2.
to work as a temporary.
Origin
First recorded in 1930-35; by shortening
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  • The following is an extract from the temps of November 11, 1872.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The absinthe is made, the cigarette glows, and the temps has important news.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • Papers like the temps called upon the government to dissolve the Confederation.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • The temps of this evening takes the same view of the proclamation.

  • And there were a few, very few, journals who were impartial and fair to the end, among them the Libert and the temps.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • It is entitled "temps Fabuleux," an historical and dogmatic treatise on the true religion.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • As well essay to learn a sparrow to sing, ‘J’ay tout perdu mon temps.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • In some years the news-stand sale of the temps Nouveaux, for instance, has been nine-tenths of the whole circulation.

    Paris and the Social Revolution Alvan Francis Sanborn
  • There was so much mourning now and according to the temps, the war was hardly begun.

British Dictionary definitions for temps

temp

/tɛmp/
noun
1.
a person, esp a typist or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis
verb
2.
(intransitive) to work as a temp
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Word Origin and History for temps

temp

1909 (adj.), 1932 (n.), American English, shortened form of temporary (job, employee, etc.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for temps

temp

noun

A temporary employee: Instead of a full-time secretary he kept hiring temps (1923+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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