Friday, August 26, 2005

Words: nonce [MW]

Main Entry: nonce
Pronunciation: nän(t)s
Function: 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
1 : the one, particular, or present occasion, purpose, or use "for the nonce"
2 : the time being


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