Adjective "quondam" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


That once was; former.
  1. 'Thus they would not have mindlessly and naively misjudged the imperialist treaty diplomacy of the Soviet Union, quondam ally of Nazi Germany.'
  2. '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.'


1. former; onetime: his quondam partner.

More examples(as adjective)

"nazis can be quondam."

"masters can be quondam."

"dissidents can be quondam."


Late 16th century: from Latin, ‘formerly’.