- at that time: Prices were lower then.
- immediately or soon afterward: The rain stopped and then started again.
- next in order of time: We ate, then we started home.
- at the same time: At first the water seemed blue, then gray.
- next in order of place: Standing beside Charlie is my uncle, then my cousin, then my brother.
- in addition; besides; also: I love my job, and then it pays so well.
- in that case; as a consequence; in those circumstances: If you're sick, then you should stay in bed.
- since that is so; as it appears; therefore: You have, then, found the mistake? You are leaving tonight then.
- being; being such; existing or being at the time indicated: the then prime minister.
- that time: We have not been back since then. Till then, farewell.
- but then, but on the other hand: I found their conversation very dull, but then I have different tastes.
- then and there, at that precise time and place; at once; on the spot: I started to pack my things right then and there.Also there and then.
Origin of then
- at that time; over that period of time
- (sentence modifier) in that case; that being sothen why don't you ask her?; if he comes, then you'll have to leave; go on then, take it
- then and there See there (def. 6)
- after that; with thatthen John left the room and didn't return
- that timebefore then; from then on
- (prenominal) existing, functioning, etc, at that timethe then prime minister
Word Origin for then
adverb of time, from Old English þanne, þænne, þonne, from Proto-Germanic *thana- (cf. Old Frisian thenne, Old Saxon thanna, Dutch dan, Old High German danne, German dann), from PIE demonstrative pronoun root *to- (see the). For further sense development, see than. Similar evolutions in other Germanic languages; Dutch uses dan in both senses, but German has dann (adv.) "then," denn (conj.) "than." Now and then "at various times" is attested from 1550s; earlier then and then (c.1200).
then and there
Also, there and then. At that precise time and place; on the spot. For example, When the board questioned his judgment again, he resigned then and there. The first term was first recorded in 1442, the variant in 1496.
In addition to the idioms beginning with then
- then again
- then and there
- and then some
- every now and then