Definition of quondam in English:

quondam

adjective

formal
  • [attributive] That once was; former:

    ‘quondam dissidents joined the establishment’
    • ‘Thus they would not have mindlessly and naively misjudged the imperialist treaty diplomacy of the Soviet Union, quondam ally of Nazi Germany.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whiston's openness in this regard is likely one of the reasons Newton eventually broke with his quondam disciple.’
    • ‘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.’
    one-time, erstwhile, sometime, late, as was
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin, formerly.

Pronunciation:

quondam

/ˈkwɒndəm/