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

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

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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