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nonce

[ nons ]

noun

  1. the present, or immediate, occasion or purpose (usually used in the phrase for the nonce ).


adjective

  1. (of a word or phrase) coined and used only for a particular occasion:

    nonce forms such as “paintrix,” meaning “a female painter.”

nonce

1

/ nɒns /

noun

  1. the present time or occasion (now only in the phrase for the nonce )


nonce

2

/ nɒns /

noun

  1. slang:prison.
    a rapist or child molester; a sexual offender
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Word History and Origins

Origin of nonce1

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English nones, in the phrase for the nones, by faulty division of for then ones “for the once” ( Middle English then, dative singular of the 1none; ones once none )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of nonce1

C12: from the phrase for the nonce, a mistaken division of for then anes, literally: for the once, from then dative singular of the + anes once

Origin of nonce2

C20: of unknown origin
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Example Sentences

The "Nonce" said that you caught him up in a line he had misquoted.'

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