no one

or no-one

[ noh-wuhn ]
/ ˈnoʊ ˌwʌn /
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no person; not anyone; nobody: No one is home.


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Origin of no one

First recorded in 1595–1605

usage note for no one

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nobody, no one , none
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What does no one mean?

No one means the same thing as nobody—no person or not anyone, as in No one knows or Trust no one.

No one is used as a pronoun. Unlike most other pronouns, which are used in place of referring to a person or thing by name, no one refers to a nonexistent person.

When it’s used as the subject of a clause or sentence, it’s always used with a singular verb, even if it does the job of referring to multiple people, as in I invited 12 people, but no one is coming (not no one are coming).

Sometimes, it’s hyphenated as no-one, which reflects the fact that it’s typically used as if it were one word—it’s almost always interchangeable with nobody. (The form noone isn’t commonly used, probably because it’s hard to read.)

Sometimes, you might see the words no and one appear together in a way that’s not intended to be a single term, as in No one person should have that much power.

The opposite of no one can be thought to be everyone or everybody.

Example: Everyone is talking about it, but no one actually saw it happen.

Where does no one come from?

The first records of the term no one come from around 1600. It’s a simple combination of no and one, in which one refers to a person. For this reason, no one is always used in reference to people and never to things.

The words anyone, someone, and everyone use one in the same way.

No one’s close synonym nobody is sometimes used to mean “an unimportant person,” as in I don’t want to be a nobody, but no one isn’t typically used in this way.

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What are some other forms related to no one?

  • no-one (hyphenated alternate spelling)
  • noone (uncommon alternate spelling)

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How is no one used in real life?

No one is extremely common. It’s almost always interchangeable with nobody.





Try using no one!

Which of the following sentences uses no one with the correct verb form?

A. No one actually like going to the dentist—they go to keep their teeth healthy.
B. No one actually likes going to the dentist—they go to keep their teeth healthy.

How to use no one in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for no one


no one

no person; nobody

undefined no-one

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