once upon a time

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of once upon a time

: at some time in the past
  • He was a famous actor once upon a time.
Note: Once upon a time is the traditional way to begin a fairy tale.

Word by Word Definitions

once play
  1. : one time and no more

  2. : at any one time : under any circumstances : ever

  3. : at some indefinite time in the past : formerly

  1. : one single time : one time at least

  1. : that once was : former

  1. : at the moment when : as soon as

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon

time play
  1. : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : duration

  2. : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

  3. : leisure

  1. : to arrange or set the time of : schedule

  2. : to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

  3. : to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. : of or relating to time

  2. : recording time

  3. : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment


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