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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. That once was; former: "the quondam drunkard, now perfectly sober” ( Bret Harte).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. former; once; at one time

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having been formerly; former; sometime.
  • n. A person dismissed or ejected from a position.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having been formerly; former: as, one's quondam friend; a quondam schoolmaster.
  • n. A person formerly in an office; a person ejected from an office or a position.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. belonging to some prior time

Etymologies

Latin, from quom, when; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin quondam (Wiktionary)

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