once upon a time

Definition of once upon a time

  1. :  at some time in the past He was a famous actor once upon a time. Once upon a time is the traditional way to begin a fairy tale. Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Snow White.

Word by Word Definitions

onceplay
  1. :  one time and no more

    :  at any one time :  under any circumstances :  ever

    :  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

uponplay
  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon

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

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

    :  leisure

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

    :  to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

    :  to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. :  of or relating to time

    :  recording time

    :  timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment


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