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nonce word


noun

a word coined and used only for a particular occasion.Compare neologism(def 1).

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neologism, singleton

Nearby words

noncancelable, noncandidate, noncanonical, noncash, nonce, nonce word, nonce-word, noncellular, noncellulosic, nonchalance, nonchalant

Origin of nonce word

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for nonce-word

nonce word


noun

a word coined for a single occasion
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Word Origin and History for nonce-word

nonce-word


n.

"word coined for a special occasion," 1922, from nonce + word (n.).

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