Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, late 16th century
That once was; former.
Examples of Quondam in a sentence
"During the last year retro roller skates regained their quondam popularity."
"Quondam senators were quick to share their support for the new bill."
Popularity Over Time
Quondam is a formal adjective that comes from the Latin for “formerly.”
Did you Know?
There are lots of ways to say “former,” including “past,” “late,” “previous,” “preceding,” and “earlier,” but “quondam” is one of the more unusual synonyms. If you want to be even more unconventional, “umquhile” is a word that originates from Scottish English dialect, meaning “former” or “deceased.”