Definition of nonce adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//nɒns//
; NAmE NAmE//nɑːns//
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a nonce word or expression is one that is invented for one particular occasion Word OriginMiddle English: from then anes ‘the one (purpose)’ (from then, obsolete oblique form of the + ane ‘one’ + -s), altered by wrong division; compare with newt and nickname.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nonce