Nonce word
Nonce Nonce (n[o^]ns), n. [For the nonce, OE. for the nones, a corruption of for then ones, where n. in then is a relic of AS. m in [eth]am, dat. of the article and demonstrative pronoun, E. the. See {For}, {Once}, and {The}.] The one or single occasion; the present call or purpose; -- chiefly used in the phrase

{for the nonce}, i. e. for the present time. [1913 Webster]

The miller was a stout carl for the nones. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

And that he calls for drink, I 'll have prepared him A chalice for the nonce. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Nonce word}, ``a word apparently employed only for the nonce''. --Murray (New English Dict.). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • nonce-word — (n.) word coined for a special occasion, 1922, from NONCE (Cf. nonce) + WORD (Cf. word) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nonce word — nonce ,word noun count a word that someone invents for a particular purpose or occasion …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nonce word — nonce′ word n. ling. a word coined and used only for a particular occasion • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • nonce word — n. a word coined and used for a single or particular occasion, or time being …   English World dictionary

  • Nonce word — For other uses of the word, see Nonce. A nonce word is a word used only for the nonce to meet a need that is not expected to recur. Quark, for example, was formerly a nonce word in English, appearing only in James Joyce s Finnegans Wake. Murray… …   Wikipedia

  • nonce word — noun a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion • Syn: ↑hapax legomenon • Hypernyms: ↑word * * * noun : a word (as ringday in “four girls I know have become engaged today: this must be ringday”) coined and used apparently to suit… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nonce word — UK [ˈnɒns ˌwɜː(r)d] / US [ˈnɑns ˌwɜrd] noun [countable] Word forms nonce word : singular nonce word plural nonce words a word that someone invents for a particular purpose or occasion …   English dictionary

  • nonce word — word invented and used only for one specific occasion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nonce word — a word coined and used only for a particular occasion. Cf. neologism (def. 1). [1880 85] * * * ▪ literature       a word coined and used apparently to suit one particular occasion. Nonce words are sometimes used independently by different writers …   Universalium

  • nonce word — noun A word invented for the occasion …   Wiktionary

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