There are 2 definitions of nonce in English:

nonce1

Syllabification: nonce
Pronunciation: /näns
 
/

adjective

(Of a word or expression) coined for or used on one occasion: a nonce usage
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  • Is this a nonce instance, or are ‘home’ and ‘hone’ trading places?
  • Among sports we have terms like parascending and surfari, and nonce adjectives such as sportsational or swimsational which blend words with the last element of sensational.

Origin

Middle English: from then anes 'the one (purpose)' (from then, obsolete oblique form of the + ane 'one' + -s3), altered by misdivision; compare with newt and nickname.

Phrases

for the nonce

For the present; temporarily: the room had been converted for the nonce into a nursery
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  • ‘Nonce-word,’ by the way, is a nifty little term that means ‘a word coined for the nonce,’ which is to say ‘a word coined for one occasion.’
  • I have nothing to say about Wesley Clark's run, for the nonce.
  • Just work with me for the nonce, and agree that whether or not your position on the 2000 Florida election happens to be the legally correct one, it is very, very hard to separate your opinion on the law from your opinion on the candidates.
Synonyms
for the time being, temporarily, pro tem, for now, for the moment, for the interim, for a while, for the present, in the meantime; provisionally

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Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something

There are 2 definitions of nonce in English:

nonce2

Syllabification: nonce
Pronunciation: /
 
näns/

noun

British informal
A person convicted of a sexual offense, especially child molesting.
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  • But why not give an amnesty to all the dopefiends, which would give us more space for the murderers, rapists, and nonces?
  • If they're not terrorists, they're probably nonces anyway.
  • And Tiffany was way too boring to fetch the eye of the nonce.

Origin

1970s: of unknown origin.

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