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


former; onetime: his quondam partner.

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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