nonce1 / näns/ •
adj. (of a word or expression) coined for or used on one occasion: a nonce usage.PHRASES: for the nonce for the present; temporarily: the room had been converted for the nonce into a nursery.nonce2 •
n. Brit., inf. a person convicted of a sexual offense, esp. child molesting.
phr. for the nonce
†for the particular purpose, expressly XII; for the occasion, for the time being XVI. ME. for þe nanes
, alt. (by misdivision) of for þen anes
, f. (with advb. -s) *for þen ane
‘for the one (purpose)’; cf. ONCE
(of a word or expression) coined for one occasion. The word derives (in Middle English) from then anes
‘the one (purpose)’, from then
(obsolete form of the
) + ane
‘one’, altered by misdivision.