[French tahn]
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Origin of temps

1885–90; < French: literally, time < Latin tempus


verb (used without object)
  1. to work as a temporary.

Origin of temp

First recorded in 1930–35; by shortening
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Historical Examples of temps

  • The following is an extract from the Temps of November 11, 1872.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The absinthe is made, the cigarette glows, and the Temps has important news.

    The Inferno

    August Strindberg

  • Papers like the Temps called upon the government to dissolve the Confederation.

  • The Temps of this evening takes the same view of the proclamation.

  • And there were a few, very few, journals who were impartial and fair to the end, among them the Libert and the Temps.

    My Memoirs

    Marguerite Steinheil

British Dictionary definitions for temps


  1. a person, esp a typist or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis
  1. (intr) to work as a temp
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Word Origin and History for temps


1909 (adj.), 1932 (n.), American English, shortened form of temporary (job, employee, etc.).

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