What does once mean?

Definitions for oncewʌns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word once.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. once, one time, in one case(adverb)

    on one occasion

    "once I ran into her"

  2. once(adverb)

    as soon as

    "once we are home, we can rest"

  3. once, formerly, at one time, erstwhile, erst(adverb)

    at a previous time

    "at one time he loved her"; "her erstwhile writing"; "she was a dancer once";


  1. once(Adverb)

    One and only one time.

    I have only once eaten pizza.

  2. once(Adverb)

    Formerly; during some period in the past.

  3. once(Adverb)

    multiplied by one: indicating that a number is multiplied by one

    once three is three.

  4. once(Conjunction)

    As soon as; when; after.

  5. Origin: From ones (genitive of on used adverbally), from anes, genitive of an. Compare enes, einest. More at one, -s.


  1. ONCE

    Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles is a Spanish foundation founded on December 13, 1938 to raise funds to provide services for the blind and people with serious visual impairment. Although it is overseen by a board of patrons made up of representatives from various Spanish ministries, it does enjoy a certain amount of freedom of movement in the day-to-day running of its activities, and its general council is democratically elected from among its members. In June 2006, membership of the organization was 66,851 people, of whom 40% were over the age of 65. Between them, the three pillars of the ONCE — the Directorate-General, the Foundation and CEOSA, ONCE's business corporation — employ over 40,000 blind, visually impaired or sighted staff, as well as people with other disabilities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Once

    ons, n. Same as Ounce, the animal.

  2. Once

    wuns, adv. a single time: at a former time: at any time or circumstances.—n. one time.—Once and again, more than once: repeatedly; Once for all, once only and not again; Once in a way, on one occasion only: very rarely.—At once, without delay: alike: at the same time; For once, on one occasion only. [A.S. ánes, orig. gen. of án, one, used as adv.]

Suggested Resources

  1. ONCE

    What does ONCE stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the ONCE acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'once' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #510

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'once' in Written Corpus Frequency: #648

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'once' in Adverbs Frequency: #72


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of once in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of once in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Madara:

    People only live once

  2. Henri Cartier-Bresson:

    Life is once, forever.

  3. Jens Modvig:

    Once you introduce them.

  4. Latin Proverb:

    Deliberate often--decide once.

  5. Ken Venturi:

    1. Never tell everything at once.

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