Definition of quondam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwändəm/
Pronunciation: /ˈkwänˌdam/


[attributive] formal
That once was; former: quondam dissidents joined the establishment its quondam popularity
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  • According to his brief official biography, this quondam insurance broker entered the House of Lords a year after inheriting a title from his grandfather, in 1986.
  • To this quondam mid-Warwickshire suburbanite, who liked to think that his Cotswold relatives conferred a kind of rusticity, it brought back his own first encounter with Bristol some time in the spring of 1956, just turned seventeen.
  • Thus they would not have mindlessly and naively misjudged the imperialist treaty diplomacy of the Soviet Union, quondam ally of Nazi Germany.


Late 16th century: from Latin, 'formerly'.

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Syllabification: quon·dam

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