Origin of quondam
Examples from the Web for quondam
"And my quondam nephew," he added, laughing; for his wife was a Kirke of the English branch, and my aunt was married to Eli.Heralds of Empire|Agnes C. Laut
So great was the transformation that at the first glance we failed to recognize our quondam pupil and friend.Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ|Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
As there was no further use for his services our quondam trapper was again thrown out of employment.Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier|Frances Fuller Victor
Philip had difficulty in persuading his quondam guest to show outward respect to his father's memory.Charles the Bold|Ruth Putnam
"It's aisy remembered, mother," put in the quondam schoolmaster.Two Knapsacks|John Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for quondam
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.