- (chiefly Scotland) Alternative spelling of once.
a. 1805, Jane Elliot, “A Lament for Flodden”, in English Poets of the Eighteenth Century:
- The English, for ance, by guile wan the day; The Flowers of the Forest, that fought aye the foremost, The prime of our land, lie cauld in the clay.
1818, Sir Walter Scott, The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2:
- "If I were ance at Lunnon," said Jeanie, in exculpation, "I am amaist sure I could get means to speak to the queen about my sister's life."
1873, Anthony Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds:
- Pownies ain't to be had for nowt in Ayrshire, as was ance, my leddie."