nonce
I. noun Etymology: 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 Date: 13th century 1. the one, particular, or present occasion, purpose, or use <
for the nonce
>
2. the time being II. adjective Date: 1884 occurring, used, or made only once or for a special occasion <
a nonce word
>

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  • nonce — [ nɔ̃s ] n. m. • nunce 1521; it. nunzio, du lat. nuntius « envoyé » ♦ Agent diplomatique du Saint Siège, archevêque titulaire accrédité comme ambassadeur permanent du Vatican auprès d un gouvernement étranger. ⇒ légat. Nonce apostolique. Nonce… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Nonce — apostolique Le nonce apostolique (de l italien nunzio, lui même du latin nuntius « envoyé ») est un agent diplomatique du Saint Siège, accrédité comme ambassadeur de ce dernier auprès des États. Contrairement à l usage habituel pour les …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Nonce — may refer to: Nonce, time being: the present occasion; for the nonce Nonce word, a word used to meet a need that is not expected to recur Cryptographic nonce, a number or bit string used only once, in security engineering The Nonce, American rap… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonce — NONCE. s. m. Prelat que le Pape envoye en Ambassade. Le Nonce. le Nonce du Pape en France, en Espagne, à Venise. Nonce ordinaire. Nonce extraordinaire. Le Pape a envoyé un Nonce. Nonce Apostolique. On appelle en Pologne Nonces, les Deputez que… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • nonce — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a word or expression) coined for one occasion. ● for the nonce Cf. ↑for the nonce ORIGIN from obsolete then anes «the one (purpose)» from then «the» + ane «one», altered by wrong division …   English terms dictionary

  • nonce — [nɔns US na:ns] adj [only before noun] technical [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: then anes the one purpose , mistaken for the nanes; anes from an one ( ONE3)] a nonce word or phrase has been invented for a particular occasion and is only used once …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nonce — [ nans ] noun for the nonce LITERARY for the present time …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nonce — [näns] n. [ME ( for the) nones, formed by syllabic merging < ( for then) ones, lit., the once: then is the dat. sing. of the def. art.] the present use, occasion, or time; time being: chiefly in for the nonce …   English World dictionary

  • nonce — (n.) abstracted from phrase for þe naness (c.1200) for a special occasion, for a particular purpose, itself a misdivision (see N (Cf. N) for other examples) of for þan anes for the one, in reference to a particular occasion or purpose, the þan… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Nonce — Eine Nonce bezeichnet ein vorläufiges Wort (oder eine Buchstabenfolge oder eine Zahlenfolge), welches kurzfristig mit der Absicht gewählt wurde, bald durch etwas Besseres ersetzt zu werden. Ursprung Das englische Wort „nonce“ geht auf die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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