[ kwon-duh m, -dam ]
/ ˈkwɒn dəm, -dæm /


former; onetime: his quondam partner.

Nearby words

  1. quoin post,
  2. quoit,
  3. quoits,
  4. quokka,
  5. quoll,
  6. quonset hut,
  7. quor.,
  8. quorate,
  9. quorn,
  10. quorum

Origin of quondam

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1580–90

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British Dictionary definitions for quondam


/ (ˈkwɒndæm) /


(prenominal) of an earlier time; formerher quondam lover

Word Origin for quondam

C16: from Latin adv: formerly

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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.

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