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nonce word

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  1. nonce word, hapax legomenonnoun

    a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion


  1. nonce wordnoun

    A word invented for the occasion.

  2. Etymology: From for the nonce, and word.


  1. Nonce word

    A nonce word (also called an occasionalism) is a lexeme created for a single occasion to solve an immediate problem of communication.: 132 Some nonce words may acquire a fixed meaning inferred from context and use, possibly even becoming an established part of the language, at which point they stop being nonce words. Some nonce words may be essentially meaningless and disposable, but they are useful for exactly that reason—the words "wug" and "blicket" for instance were invented by researchers to be used in exercises in child language testing.


  1. nonce word

    A nonce word is a word coined and used for a particular occasion or special context, often used only once. These can include words invented by authors for literary works or in linguistic studies. These words can sometimes gain wider acceptance and become regular words in a language.


  1. Nonce word

    A nonce word is a lexeme created only "for the nonce" to solve an immediate problem of communication that is not expected to recur. Quark, for example, was formerly a nonce word in English, appearing only in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Murray Gell-Mann then adopted it to name a new class of subatomic particle. The use of the term nonce word in this way was apparently the work of James Murray, the influential editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Compare "hapax legomenon". An example of a nonce word in the works of Shakespeare is "honorificabilitudinitatibus". Nonce words are often created as part of pop culture and advertising campaigns. A poem by Seamus Heaney entitled "Nonce Words" is included in his collection "District and Circle".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nonce word in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nonce word in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  • okazionalizmusCzech
  • Ad-hoc-Bildung, Gelegenheitsbildung, Augenblicksbildung, OkkasionalismusGerman
  • palabro, hápax, expresión ad hocSpanish
  • okasionaalsõna, juhusõnaEstonian
  • mot ad hocFrench
  • engangsordNorwegian
  • Окказионализм, окказионали́змRussian
  • tillfällighetsbildning, tillfällig ordbildningSwedish
  • özel sözcükTurkish

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
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