[ wuhn-shot ]
/ ˈwʌnˌʃɒt /

noun Also one shot.

a magazine, brochure, or the like that is published only one time, with no subsequent issues intended, usually containing articles and photographs devoted to one topical subject.
a single appearance by a performer, as in a play, motion picture, or television program.
a close-up camera shot of one person.
something occurring, done, used, etc., only once.


occurring, done, etc., only once.
achieved or accomplished with a single try: a one-shot solution.

Origin of one-shot

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for one-shot



1907, "achieved in a single attempt" (original reference is to golf), from one + shot (n.). Meaning "happening or of use only once" is from 1937.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper