(adverb, conjunction)


1. on one occasion

- once I ran into her

2. as soon as

- once we are home, we can rest

3. at a previous time

- she was a dancer once

Similar word(s): erst, erstwhile, formerly

Sentences with once as an adverb:

- I have only once eaten pizza.

- He was once the most handsome man around.  I once had a bicycle just like that one.

- Once three is three.


1. As soon as; when; after.

- We'll get a move on once we find the damn car keys!

- Once you have obtained the elven bow, return to the troll bridge and trade it for the sleeping potion.

- Once he is married, he will be able to claim the inheritance.