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[noon] /nun/
twelve o'clock in the daytime.
the highest, brightest, or finest point or part:
the noon of one's career.
Archaic. midnight:
the noon of night.
Origin of noon
before 900; Middle English none, Old English nōn < Latin nōna ninth hour. See none2 Unabridged
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  • Numerous lamps were lighted in the trees, making the gardens bright as noon.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • At about noon we found some water in a gully by scratching a hole, but it was quite salt.

  • There is a coolness amid all the heat, a mildness in the blazing noon.

  • The slave-hunter was sent for and came with his pack of dogs that same day about noon.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • They loved the trees for the shadow that they cast, and the forest for its silence at noon.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
British Dictionary definitions for noon


  1. the middle of the day; 12 o'clock in the daytime or the time or point at which the sun crosses the local meridian
  2. (as modifier): the noon sun
(poetic) the highest, brightest, or most important part; culmination
Word Origin
Old English nōn, from Latin nōna (hōra) ninth hour (originally 3 p.m., the ninth hour from sunrise)
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Word Origin and History for noon

mid-12c., non "midday, 12 o'clock p.m., midday meal," from Old English non "3 o'clock p.m., the ninth hour," also "the canonical hour of nones," from Latin nona hora "ninth hour" of daylight, by Roman reckoning about 3 p.m., from nona, fem. singular of nonus "ninth" (see nones). Sense shift from "3 p.m." to "12 p.m." began during 12c., when time of Church prayers shifted from ninth hour to sixth hour, or perhaps because the customary time of the midday meal shifted, or both. The shift was complete by 14c. (cf. same evolution in Dutch noen).

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