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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nonce \Nonce\ (n[o^]ns), n. [For the nonce, OE. for the nones, a corruption of for then ones, where n. in then is a relic of AS. m in [eth]am, dat. of the article and demonstrative pronoun, E. the. See For, Once, and The.] The one or single occasion; the present call or purpose; -- chiefly used in the phrase for the nonce, i. e. for the present time. [1913 Webster] The miller was a stout carl for the nones. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] And that he calls for drink, I 'll have prepared him A chalice for the nonce. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Nonce word, "a word apparently employed only for the nonce". --Murray (New English Dict.). [1913 Webster]