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See also: -ance and Ance




  1. (chiefly Scotland) Alternative spelling of once
    • a. 1805, Jane Elliot, “A Lament for Flodden”, in English Poets of the Eighteenth Century[1]:
      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[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[3]:
      Pownies ain't to be had for nowt in Ayrshire, as was ance, my leddie."