[ nuhn ]
/ nʌn /


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.



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Origin of none

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

usage note for none

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.

Definition for none (2 of 2)

[ nohn ]
/ noʊn /


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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for none

British Dictionary definitions for none (1 of 2)

/ (nʌn) /


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

usage for none

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

British Dictionary definitions for none (2 of 2)

/ (nəʊn) /


another word for nones
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