- The definition of temporary is something which is not intended to last for a long time.
An example of something that would be described as temporary is a brief leave-of-absence you take from your job where you are gone only for a day or two.
temporary definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin temporarius ; from tempus, time: see temper
temporary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Latin temporārius, from tempus, tempor-, time.
- temˌpo·rarˈi·ly adverb
- temˈpo·rarˌi·ness noun
temporary - Legal Definition