Definition of nonce
1 : the one, particular, or present occasion, purpose, or use <for the nonce>
2 : the time being
Origin of nonce
Middle English nanes, alteration (from misdivision of then anes in such phrases as to then anes for the one purpose) of anes one purpose, irregular from an, on one — more at one
First Known Use: 13th century
Simple Definition of nonce
: used or made only once or for a special occasion
Full Definition of nonce
: occurring, used, or made only once or for a special occasion <a nonce word>
First Known Use of nonce
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Spanish Central: Translation of "nonce"
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