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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 19th June 2024
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quondam (adjective) KWON-dam

Former, of an earlier time.

They become, by these means, occasionally the possessors of land; but they regard such property almost always as a mere subject for speculation, and it is but rarely that the quondam innkeeper or peddler settles down as a tiller of the soil.

Gustav Freytag, Debit and Credit. Amazon

However, with the dainty volume my quondam friend sprang into fame.

Winston Churchill, The Celebrity. Amazon

The childlike loveliness of her quondam teacher really touched her heart.

E. Southworth, For Woman's Love. Amazon

He is a distinguished intellectual and a quondam fellow of All Souls.

Mr MacShane, Hansard, 27 November 2002. Hansard

By the 1960's, there was little left of the block's quondam prominence.

Christopher Gray, The New York Times, 16 January 2005. New York Times

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