Definition of once upon a time in English:

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once upon a time

1At some time in the past (used as a conventional opening of a story).
Example sentences
  • As the conventional story goes, once upon a time the West slumbered in intellectual darkness.
  • Well once upon a time, which is when my story begins, there was a little boy who lived in that cottage and on a particular summer's afternoon he was standing out in the garden.
  • The boy starts his story once upon a time, knowing that's how stories begin.
1.1Formerly: once upon a time she would have been jealous, but no longer
More example sentences
  • I have four (previously five, and once upon a time, nine) cats, so I have a little experience on this topic.
  • I mean, they were a good band - I loved them once upon a time, and yes I had teenage girl dreams about Robert Plant.
  • Yes, once upon a time, I could read music, thanks to my grandfather.
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