Meaning of “one-off” in the English Dictionary

"one-off" in British English

See all translations

one-offnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌwʌnˈɒf/ us /ˌwʌnˈɑːf/ UK

something that happens or is made or done only once:

Will you be doing more talks in the future or was that just a one-off?


uk /ˌwʌnˈɒf/ us /ˌwʌnˈɑːf/ UK US one-shot

happening only once:

They gave him a one-off payment to compensate for the extra hours that he had to work.

(Definition of “one-off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"one-off" in Business English

See all translations

one-offadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌwʌnˈɒf/ us UK

US one-shot produced or happening only once:

The London store is stocking 12 exclusive, one-off designs.
a one-off opportunity/chance
a one-off cost/payment

one-offnoun [ C ]

uk us

something that happens or that is made or done only once:

The bank's checks indicated the error was a one-off.

(Definition of “one-off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)