then

[ th en ]
/ ðɛn /

adverb

adjective

being; being such; existing or being at the time indicated: the then prime minister.

noun

that time: We have not been back since then. Till then, farewell.

Idioms

    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

before 900; Middle English then(ne), than(n)e, Old English thonne, thanne, thænne; cf. than; akin to that

Can be confused

than then

Synonym study

8. See therefore.
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British Dictionary definitions for then and there

Word Origin for then

Old English thenne; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thanna; see than
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Idioms and Phrases with then and there (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with then and there (2 of 2)

then


In addition to the idioms beginning with then

  • then again
  • then and there

also see:

  • and then some
  • every now and then
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