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There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise a wind on the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die?
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English

Etymology

Middle English ones (genitive of on "one") from Old English *ānes

Pronunciation

Adverb

once (not comparable)

Positive
once

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. one and only one time
    I have only once eaten pizza.
  2. formerly
    He was once the most handsome man around.

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Usage notes

  • For what reason are the English words one and once pronounced so, while other words derived from one, like alone, only and atone, pronounced with a long o? Stressed vowels often became diphthongs over time (Latin bona → Italian buona and Spanish buena). A similar thing happened in the late Middle Ages to the English words one and once, first recorded circa 1400. The vowel sound underwent some changes, such as the pronunciation (from ōn → ōōōn → wōn → wōōn → wŏŏn → wŭn).

Translations

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Conjunction

once

  1. as soon as
    We'll get a move on once we find the damn car keys!

Translations


Asturian

Asturian cardinal numbers
 <  10 11 12   > 
    Cardinal : once
    Ordinal : decimoprimeru

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ast:Template:lang:la derivations]] ūndecim.

Numeral

once (indeclinable)

  1. (cardinal) eleven

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French

Noun

once f

  1. ounce

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Galician

Galician cardinal numbers
 <  10 11 12   > 
    Cardinal : once
    Ordinal : undécimo

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:gl:Template:lang:la derivations]] ūndecim.

Numeral

once (indeclinable)

  1. (cardinal) eleven

Italian

Noun

once

  1. plural of oncia

Spanish

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:es:Template:lang:la derivations]] ūndecim, from unus "one" + decem "ten"

Cardinal number

once

  1. eleven.

Etymology 2

Snacks were typically taken at 11 am.

Noun

once f. (plural onces)

Singular
once f.

Plural
onces f.

also onces f. pl.

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) snack (bread with tea or coffee).

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