quondam


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quon·dam

 (kwŏn′dəm, -dăm′)
adj.
That once was; former: "the quondam drunkard, now perfectly sober" (Bret Harte).

[Latin, from quom, when; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

quondam

(ˈkwɒndæm)
adj
(prenominal) of an earlier time; former: her quondam lover.
[C16: from Latin adv: formerly]

quon•dam

(ˈkwɒn dəm, -dæm)

adj.
former; onetime.
[1580–90; < Latin]

quondam

A Latin term meaning that once was.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.quondam - belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"

quondam

adjective
Having been such previously:
Translations

quondam

(archaic) [ˈkwɒndæm] ADJantiguo

quondam

adj (liter)ehemalig, früher; his quondam wifeweiland seine Gattin (obs)
References in classic literature ?
Nay, but,'' said the Knight, who seemed to take a pleasure in provoking his quondam host,
Twas Arthur-a-Bland, the knight's quondam esquire, who brought the tidings, and Robin's face brightened as he heard it.
The animal itself was a peaceful and well-behaved as that father of all picture-wolves, Red Riding Hood's quondam friend, whilst moving her confidence in masquerade.
It was Arapooish, the quondam friend of Rose the outlaw, and one whom we have already mentioned as being anxious to promote a friendly intercourse between his tribe and the white men.
Stuart on the subject of the pet horse, they journeyed very harmoniously together; though now and then, the Snake would regard his quondam steed with a wistful eye.
I cannot feel friendly toward my quondam fellow-American, Napoleon III.
Nay, my father," answered our quondam servant, who now, clad as he was in the full panoply of savage war, looked every inch a warrior king, "do thou speak, and let me, who am but a child in wisdom beside thee, hearken to thy words.
She found it hard to make up her mind concerning this quondam acquaintance of her deceased friend.
The world of tape measures and calico counters seemed so far away; the interior of his quondam lodgings in a by-street of Islington, so unfamiliar and impossible.
Daughtry began, but was ignored by his quondam friend, who was saying to Doctor Masters:
The employers' associations, that had helped the captains of industry to tear and rend labor, were now torn and rent by their quondam allies.
They were no sooner gone, than Miss Squeers fulfilled the prediction of her quondam friend by giving vent to a most copious burst of tears, and uttering various dismal lamentations and incoherent words.