Etymology
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nonce (n.)

in phrase for the nonce (Middle English for þe naness, c. 1200) "for a special occasion, for a particular purpose," a misdivision (see N for other examples) of for þan anes "for the once," in reference to a particular occasion or purpose, the þan being an altered form of the Middle English dative definite article þam (see the). The phrase was used from early 14c. as an empty filler in metrical composition.

updated on July 08, 2019

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Definitions of nonce from WordNet

nonce (n.)
the present occasion;
for the nonce
Synonyms: time being
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