1. lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.

noun, plural tem·po·rar·ies.

  1. an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.


  1. not permanent; provisionaltemporary accommodation
  2. lasting only a short time; transitorytemporary relief from pain

noun plural -raries

  1. a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basisOften shortened to: temp

adj.1540s, from Latin temporarius “of seasonal character, lasting a short time,” from tempus (genitive temporis) “time, season” (see temporal). The noun meaning “person employed only for a time” is recorded from 1848.

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