- former; onetime: his quondam partner.
Origin of quondam
Examples from the Web for quondam
Historical Examples of quondam
Do you not recognize my quondam tutor and the once dauntless Meg?Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
At the peace Washington demanded the return of these quondam slaves.
And have you never been detected by any of your quondam associates?Paul Clifford, Complete
It appeared that he had been highly popular among his quondam guests.The Grand Babylon Hotel
However, with the dainty volume my quondam friend sprang into fame.The Celebrity, Complete
- (prenominal) of an earlier time; formerher quondam lover
Word Origin for quondam
Word Origin and History for quondam
"one-time, former," 1580s, from earlier use as an adverb ("formerly") and a noun ("former holder" of some office or position), both 1530s, from Latin quondam (adv.) "formerly, at some time, at one time; once in a while," from quom, cum "when, as" (see who) + demonstrative ending -dam.