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or No, Noh

  1. classic drama of Japan, developed chiefly in the 14th century, employing verse, prose, choral song, and dance in highly conventionalized formal and thematic patterns derived from religious sources and folk myths.
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Compare kabuki.

Origin of

1870–75; < Japanese, earlier noũ < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese néng ability
Also called Nogaku.
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Historical Examples

  • In the course of the year, on the 11th Noh, Prince Mantunalo arrived.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels

    Daniel G. Brinton

  • Of course, having accepted your paper on the Noh, I could not refrain from publishing it.


    Ezra Pound

  • "Cathay" and "Lustra" were followed by the translations of Noh plays.

  • The play shows the relation of the early Noh to the God-dance.

  • But he wished he told her to become a player of old women on the Noh stage.

British Dictionary definitions for noh


  1. a variant spelling of No 1
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noun plural No or Noh
  1. the stylized classic drama of Japan, developed in the 15th century or earlier, using music, dancing, chanting, elaborate costumes, and themes from religious stories or myths
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Word Origin

from Japanese talent, from Chinese neng


  1. Lake No a lake in South Sudan, where the Bahr el Jebel (White Nile) is joined by the Bahr el Ghazal. Area: about 103 sq km (40 sq miles)
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the chemical symbol for
  1. nobelium
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sentence substitute
  1. used to express denial, disagreement, refusal, disapproval, disbelief, or acknowledgment of negative statements
  2. used with question intonation to query a previous negative statement, as in disbeliefAlfred isn't dead yet. No?
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noun plural noes or nos
  1. an answer or vote of no
  2. (often plural) a person who votes in the negative
  3. the noes have it there is a majority of votes in the negative
  4. not take no for an answer to continue in a course of action despite refusals
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Word Origin

Old English nā, from ne not, no + ā ever; see ay 1


  1. not any, not a, or not onethere's no money left; no card in the file
  2. not by a long way; not at allshe's no youngster
  3. (followed by comparative adjectives and adverbs) notno fewer than forty men; no more quickly than before
  4. no go See go 1 (def. 74)
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Word Origin

Old English nā, changed from nān none 1


the internet domain name for
  1. Norway
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Word Origin and History for noh


traditional Japanese masked drama, 1871, from Japanese, literally "ability, talent, function." Dramatic form also known as nogaku, with gaku "music."

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"negative reply," early 13c., from Old English na (adv.) "no, never, not at all," from ne "not, no" + a "ever." First element from Proto-Germanic *ne (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian, Old High German ne, Gothic ni "not"), from PIE root *ne "no, not" (see un-). Second element from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (see aye (2)).

As an adjective meaning "not any" (c.1200) it is reduced from Old English nan (see none), the final -n omitted first before consonants and then altogether. As a noun from c.1300. Phrase no can do "it is not possible" is attested from 1827, a locution of English-speaking Chinese noted 19c. in China, Australia and West Coast of U.S.

We repeated our advice again and again, but got no answer but a loud horse-laugh, and their national maxim of No can do: Europe fashion no do in China. ["Reminiscences of a Voyage to and from China," in "Paxton's Horticultural Register," London, 1836]

Construction no X, no Y attested from 1530s (in no peny no pardon). No problem as an interjection of assurance first attested 1963. No way as an expression meaning "it can't be done" is attested by 1968.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

noh in Medicine


  1. The symbol for the elementnobelium

noh in Science


Idioms and Phrases with noh


In addition to the idioms beginning with no

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