(chiefly Scotland) Alternative spelling of once.
Origin of -ance
Middle English from Old French from Latin -antia n. suff. (-ant -ant) (-ia n. suff.) and from Latin -entia (-ent -ent) (-ia n. suff.)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
ME < OFr -ance (< L -antia, -entia) or directly < L
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
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