American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A word occurring, invented, or used just for a particular occasion; for example, the word mileconsuming in "the wagon beginning to fall into its slow and mileconsuming clatter” ( William Faulkner).
- n. lexicography A word invented for the occasion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. “a word apparently employed only
for the nonce”.
- n. a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion
- From for the nonce, and word. (Wiktionary)
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