no one; not one: None of the members is going.
not any, as of something indicated: None of the pie is left. That is none of your business.
no part; nothing: I'll have none of your backtalk!
(used with a plural verb) no or not any persons or things: I left three pies on the table and now there are none. None were left when I came.


to no extent; in no way; not at all: The supply is none too great.


Archaic. not any; no (usually used only before a vowel or h): Thou shalt have none other gods but me.

Origin of none

before 900; Middle English non, Old English nān, equivalent to ne not + ān one

Usage note

Since none has the meanings “not one” and “not any,” some insist that it always be treated as a singular and be followed by a singular verb: The rescue party searched for survivors, but none was found. However, none has been used with both singular and plural verbs since the 9th century. When the sense is “not any persons or things” (as in the example above), the plural is more common: … none were found. Only when none is clearly intended to mean “not one” or “not any” is it followed by a singular verb: Of all my articles, none has received more acclaim than my latest one.




Origin of none

1175–1225; Middle English; Old English nōn < Latin nōna (hōra) ninth (hour). See noon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for none

Contemporary Examples of none

Historical Examples of none

  • That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • None but Greeks were allowed to enter the temples of this goddess.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Of all countries in the world, there is none I so much wish to visit as Persia.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Tis none other that the Dean sets forth, ay, and the book that I have here.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • "None of your impertinent insinuations, you young rascal," said Mr. Davis, hotly.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for none




not any of a particular classnone of my letters has arrived
no-one; nobodythere was none to tell the tale
no part (of a whole); not any (of)none of it looks edible
none other no other personnone other than the Queen herself
none the (foll by a comparative adjective) in no degreeshe was none the worse for her ordeal
none too not veryhe was none too pleased with his car

Word Origin for none

Old English nān, literally: not one


None is a singular pronoun and should be used with a singular form of a verb: none of the students has (not have) a car




another word for nones
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Word Origin and History for none

Old English nan (pron.) "not one, not any," from ne "not" (see no) + an "one" (see one). Cognate with Old Saxon, Middle Low German nen, Old Norse neinn, Middle Dutch, Dutch neen, Old High German, German nein "no," and analogous to Latin non- (see non-). As an adverb from c.1200. As an adjective, since c.1600 reduced to no except in a few archaic phrases, especially before vowels, such as none other, none the worse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with none


In addition to the idioms beginning with none

  • none of one's business
  • none of the above
  • none other than
  • none the wiser
  • none the worse for
  • none too

also see:

  • all (none) of the above
  • bar none
  • not have it (have none of)
  • second to none
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